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Meaning of cloth by Wiktionary Dictionary

cloth


    Alternative forms

    • cloath ( obsolete )
    • clath, clathe, claith ( Scotland )

    Etymology

    From Middle English cloth, clath, from Old English clāþ ( “cloth, clothes, covering, sail” ), from Proto-Germanic *klaiþan ( “garment” ), from Proto-Indo-European *gleit- ( “to cling to, cleave, stick” ). Cognate with Scots clath ( “cloth” ), North Frisian klaid ( “dress, garment” ), West Frisian kleed ( “cloth, article of clothing” ), Dutch kleed ( “robe, dress” ), Low German kleed ( “dress, garment” ), German Kleid ( “dress, garment” ), Danish klæde ( “cloth, dress” ), Swedish kläde ( “cloth” ), Icelandic klæði ( “cloth, dressing” ), Old English clīþan ( “to adhere, stick” ). Cognate with Albanian ngjit ( “to stick, attach, glue” ) and perhaps with qeth ( “to cut, shave, model” ) .

    Pronunciation

    • ( UK ) enPR: klŏth, IPA: /klɒθ/, X-SAMPA: /klQT/
    • ( US ) enPR: klôth, kläth, IPA: /klɔθ/, /klɑθ/, X-SAMPA: /klOT/, /klAT/
      Rhymes: -ɒθ

    Noun

    cloth ( plural cloths or clothes ( obsolete ) )

    1. ( uncountable ) A woven fabric such as used in dressing, decorating, cleaning or other practical use .
    2. A piece of cloth used for a particular purpose .
    3. A form of attire that represents a particular profession .
    4. ( in idioms ) Priesthood, clergy .

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Explanation of cloth by Wordnet Dictionary

cloth


    Noun
    1. artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers

    2. woven cloth originated in Mesopotamia around 5000 BC