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

clothes

noun
     
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
WORD CHOICE: WORD CHOICE:

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

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