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clothing

noun
     
cloth‧ing [uncountable]
the clothes that people wear:
the basic necessities such as food and clothing
warm/outdoor/waterproof etc clothing
Lab workers must wear protective clothing.
item/article/piece of clothing
She took only a few items of clothing.
Remember to bring a change of clothing.
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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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