Pronunciation: (klôth, kloth), [key]
n., pl. clothsPronunciation: (klô&thslash;z, klo&thslash;z, klôths, kloths), [key]

1. a fabric formed by weaving, felting, etc., from wool, hair, silk, flax, cotton, or other fiber, used for garments, upholstery, and many other items.
2. a piece of such a fabric for a particular purpose: an altar cloth.
3. the particular attire of any profession, esp. that of the clergy. Cf. man of the cloth.
4. the cloth,the clergy: men of the cloth.
5. Naut.
a. one of the lengths of canvas or duck of standard width sewn side by side to form a sail, awning, or tarpaulin.
b. any of various pieces of canvas or duck for reinforcing certain areas of a sail.
c. a number of sails taken as a whole.
6. Obs.a garment; clothing.

1. of or made of cloth: She wore a cloth coat trimmed with fur.
2. clothbound.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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