Definition of clothe in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /kləʊð/

verb (past and past participle clothed or archaic or literary clad /klad/)

[with object]
1Put clothes on (oneself or someone); dress: Francesca was clothed in white she took off her shoes and lay down fully clothed (as adjective, with submodifier clothed) a partially clothed body
More example sentences
  • The body was fully clothed in sailing gear and was wearing a life jacket and appears to have been washed up from the Thames Estuary.
  • He was reportedly found fully clothed in a black tuxedo with a white bow tie, lying on his bed.
  • A slim Asian woman stood in the doorway, clothed in a white dress and carrying a laptop.
1.1Provide (someone) with clothes: they already had eight children to feed and clothe
More example sentences
  • In one form or another, corporations of one kind or another feed us, clothe us and provide shelter.
  • Many of them are struggling all on their own, to keep their families together, to house, feed and clothe their children and to provide them with education.
  • In other words, our culture is agrarian at its foundation, farmers provide the raw materials that feed and clothe us all, and our ability to sustain this culture is critical to its survival.
1.2 (usually be clothed with) Endow with a particular quality: it is clothed with an aura of respectability
More example sentences
  • The new administration clothed itself in garments of morality and quickly initiated a Commission of Inquiry to investigate identified cases of these charges.
  • And they have the audacity to clothe themselves in the language of morality.
  • In the 17th and 18th centuries, Western superiority was clothed in various guises of culture, color, and religion.


Old English (only recorded in the past participle geclāded), from clāth (see cloth).

Words that rhyme with clothe

betroth, loathe

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: clothe

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Related Words