Meaning of CLOTH in English

CLOTH

/ klɒθ; NAmE klɔːθ/ noun ( pl. cloths / klɒθs; NAmE klɔːðz/)

1.

[ U ] material made by weaving or knitting cotton, wool, silk, etc. :

woollen / cotton cloth

bandages made from strips of cloth

the cloth industry / trade

a cloth bag

➡ note at material

2.

[ C ] (often in compounds) a piece of cloth, often used for a special purpose, especially cleaning things or covering a table :

Wipe the surface with a damp cloth.

—see also dishcloth , drop cloth , floorcloth , tablecloth

3.

the cloth [ sing. ] ( literary ) used to refer to Christian priests as a group :

a man of the cloth

IDIOMS

see coat noun

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WORD ORIGIN

Old English clāth , related to Dutch kleed and German Kleid , of unknown ultimate origin.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.