Definition of cloth noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    cloth

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//klɒθ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//klɔːθ//
     
    (pl. cloths
    BrE BrE//klɒθs//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//klɔːðz//
     
    )
    The fashion world, At the dining table
     
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  1. 1  [uncountable] material made by weaving or knitting cotton, wool, silk, etc. woollen/cotton cloth bandages made from strips of cloth the cloth industry/trade a cloth bag Synonymsfabric cloth material textileThese are all words for woven or knitted cotton, silk, wool, etc, used for making things such as clothes and curtains, and for covering furniture.fabric woven or knitted cotton, silk, wool, etc, used for making things such as clothes and curtains, and for covering furniture:cotton fabric furnishing fabrics Fabric is often fairly strong material, and is often used when talking about covering furniture or making curtains.cloth fabric made by weaving or knitting cotton, wool, silk, etc:His bandages had been made from strips of cloth. Cloth is often fairly light material, especially in a form that has not been printed, treated, or prepared for use in any way. Cloth is frequently used in talking about buying and selling woven material.material fabric used for making clothes, curtains, etc:‘What material is this dress made of?’ ‘Cotton.’ Material is a more general word than fabric or cloth as it has the related meaning of ‘a substance that things can be made from’. It is not used when it might not be clear which type of material is meant:furnishing material the material industry a material manufacturertextile any type of fabric made by weaving or knitting:He owns a factory producing a range of textiles. the textile industry Textile is used mostly when talking about the business of making woven materials. The industry of making textiles is called textiles:He got a job in textiles.Patterns woven/​cotton/​woollen fabric/​cloth/​material/​textiles synthetic fabric/​material/​textiles printed fabric/​cloth/​textiles furnishing/​curtain/​dress fabric/​material See related entries: The fashion world
  2. 2  [countable] (often in compounds) a piece of cloth, often used for a special purpose, especially cleaning things or covering a table Wipe the surface with a damp cloth. see also dishcloth, drop cloth, floorcloth, tablecloth See related entries: At the dining table
  3. 3the cloth [singular] (literary) used to refer to Christian priests as a group a man of the cloth
  4. Word Origin Old English clāth, related to Dutch kleed and German Kleid, of unknown ultimate origin.Extra examples Wipe the table with a damp cloth. a jacket made from woollen cloth His bandages had been made from strips of cloth. She works in the cloth trade. They used to export cotton cloth.Idioms
    cut your coat according to your cloth
     
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    (saying) to do only what you have enough money to do and no more We wanted to buy a bigger house than this but it was a case of cutting our coat according to our cloth.
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