accessory alter appliqué armband armhole bag bejewelled billfold boater bow bowler bow tie braid(n) braid(v) breast-pocket brim bum bag bust button button-down buttonhole cape checked civvies clasp cleat clingy clothes brush clothes hanger clutch bag coat check coat hanger coatroom cobbler cockade cocktail dress codpiece collar collar stud colour-coordinated colourfast corsage costume coveralls cravat crinkly cut dark glasses darn(v) darn(n) dart décolletage detailing diadem diaphanous dishevelled dowdy down-at-heel dress(n) dress(v) dressed dressmaker dress sense dressy epaulette facing fancy dress fashion finery fleecy fop garb gather gingham gold-rimmed granny groom habit handbag herringbone knit knitwear line lined liner lingerie lining livery locker room made-to-measure made-to-order makeover model(n) model(v) modelling mohair name tag natty neckline out pack parasol pinstripe plaid pleat pleated plume plumed plunging neckline pocket pocketbook pocket handkerchief polka dot pompom popper pouch power dressing press proof purse raffish ragged rail retro salon sensible sequin set shoeshine shoulder bag shoulder pad shoulder strap single-breasted size sleeve sleeveless sling smocking soigné spangle sportswear starch stitch stud studded tack tail tailor tailored tailoring tapered tartan tatters thread(n) thread(v) tie-dye tie-pin toe toecap toggle tongue toupée trainer trimmings trouser press turn-up tweedy unbecoming undress unmentionables valet wallet wear wearer weatherproof well-dressed well-groomed wristband zip zipper

Language: Old English
Origin: clathas, plural of clath; CLOTH


clothes S2 W2 [plural]
the things that people wear to cover their body or keep warm:
I enjoy shopping for new clothes.
What sort of clothes was he wearing?
put on/take off clothes
I showered and put on clean clothes.
change your clothes/change into clean/dry etc clothes
The kids ran upstairs to change into dry clothes.
work/school etc clothes
men dressed in ordinary street clothes
a clothes shop

➔ a change of clothes

at change2 (6)

; ➔ designer clothes

at designer2, plain-clothes

clothes, clothing, garment, cloth
clothes are things that you wear, for example shirts and dresses I need some new clothes. Do you ever wear your sister's clothes?!! clothes is always plural and has no singular form He was wearing nice clothes (NOT a nice clothe/clothes). Use clothing to talk about a particular type of clothes or when talking about making or selling clothes Special protective clothing is worn. a clothing manufacturer!! This word is not used much in ordinary spoken language I went shopping for summer clothes (NOT clothing). In formal English, you can use garment or piece/item/article of clothing to refer to one thing you wear a long velvet garment a discarded article of clothing But it is more usual to name the particular thing you mean He was wearing a long coat (NOT long garment).Cloth is the material that clothes are made from a suit made from fine woollen cloth