Definition of broadcloth in English:

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broadcloth

Pronunciation: /ˈbrôdklôTH/

noun

Clothing fabric of fine twilled wool or worsted, or plain-woven cotton.
Example sentences
  • Rolled-hem feet are designed for fine to mediumweight fabrics such as cotton batiste, broadcloth and handkerchief linen.
  • Once the shirt went away, all of the mills that made fine broadcloth shirting fabric disappeared.
  • He was richly dressed in the finest of broadcloth and the whitest of linen, with a great gold watch-chain, and studs and spectacles of the same precious material.

Origin

Late Middle English: originally denoting cloth made 72 inches wide, as opposed to 'strait' cloth, 36 inches wide. The term now implies quality rather than width.

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Syllabification: broad·cloth

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