Definition of cloth in English:

cloth

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Pronunciation: /klɒθ
 
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noun (plural cloths /klɒθz, klɒðz/)

  • 1 [mass noun] Woven or felted fabric made from wool, cotton, or a similar fibre: a broad piece of pleated cloth [as modifier]: a cloth bag
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    • The other main form of visual art is silk and cotton woven cloth with elaborate and subtle patterns and colors.
    • The jacket is manufactured from wool and has khaki cloth patches on the elbows.
    • Now the floor was carpeted, with a long woven length of cloth that was blood red.
    Synonyms
  • 3 (the cloth) The clergy; the clerical profession: has he given up all ideas of the cloth?
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    • At one time in my life, I respected a man of the cloth, but now I've seen the light.
    • A man of the cloth commands respect. It is assumed that a man of god is somehow better than the rest of us.
    • That figures of the cloth have been associated with prosecutorial misconduct and the passions of the mob is one of this case's many ironies.
    Synonyms
    the clergy, the church, the priesthood, the ministry, the first estate; clergymen, clerics, priests, ecclesiastics

Origin

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

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