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Topic: HOUSEHOLD

Language: Old English
Origin: clath 'cloth, piece of clothing'

cloth

noun
     
cloth
1 [uncountable] material used for making things such as clothes
cotton/woollen/silk etc cloth
a dress of the finest silk cloth
2 [countable]DH a piece of cloth used for a particular purpose:
She mopped her face with a wet cloth.
Is there a clean cloth for the table?
dishcloth, facecloth, tablecloth
3

man of the cloth

formalRRC a Christian priest
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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 clothingBut 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 clothSee also clothes
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