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



BrE BrE//kləʊðz//
; NAmE NAmE//kloʊðz//
; BrE BrE//kləʊz//
; NAmE NAmE//kloʊz//
[plural] Clothes
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  • the things that you wear, such as trousers/pants, dresses and jackets I bought some new clothes for the trip. to put on/take off your clothes Bring a change of clothes with you. She has no clothes sense (= she does not know what clothes look attractive). Synonymsclothesclothing garment dress wear gearThese are all words for the things that you wear, such as shirts, jackets, dresses and trousers/​pants.clothes [pl.] the things that you wear, such as shirts, jackets, dresses and trousers/​pants.clothing [U] (rather formal) clothes, especially a particular type of clothes:warm clothingclothes or clothing?Clothing is more formal than clothes and is used especially to mean ‘a particular type of clothes’. There is no singular form of clothes or clothing: a piece/​an item/​an article of clothing is used to talk about one thing that you wear such as a dress or shirt.garment (formal) a piece of clothing:He was wearing a strange shapeless garment. Garment should only be used in formal or literary contexts; in everyday contexts use a piece of clothing.dress [U] clothes, especially when worn in a particular style or for a particular occasion:We were allowed to wear casual dress on Fridays.wear [U] (usually in compounds) clothes for a particular purpose or occasion, especially when it is being sold in shops/​stores:the children’s wear departmentgear [U] (informal) clothes:Her friends were all wearing the latest gear (= fashionable clothes).Patterns casual clothes/​clothing/​dress/​wear/​gear evening/​formal clothes/​dress/​wear designer/​sports clothes/​clothing/​garments/​wear/​gear children’s/​men’s/​women’s clothes/​clothing/​garments/​wear to have on/​be in/​wear …clothes/​garments/​dress/​gear CollocationsClothes and fashionClothes be wearing a new outfit/​bright colours/​fancy dress/​fur/​uniform be (dressed) in black/​red/​jeans and a T-shirt/​your best suit/​leather/​silk/​rags (= very old torn clothes) be dressed for work/​school/​dinner/​a special occasion be dressed as a man/​woman/​clown/​pirate wear/​dress in casual/​designer/​second-hand clothes wear jewellery/(especially US English) jewelry/​accessories/​a watch/​glasses/​contact lenses/​perfume have a cowboy hat/​red dress/​blue suit on put on/​take off your clothes/​coat/​shoes/​helmet pull on/​pull off your coat/​gloves/​socks change into/​get changed into a pair of jeans/​your pyjamas/(especially US English) your pajamasAppearance change/​enhance/​improve your appearance create/​get/​have/​give something a new/​contemporary/​retro look brush/​comb/​shampoo/​wash/​blow-dry your hair have/​get a haircut/​your hair cut/​a new hairstyle have/​get a piercing/​your nose pierced have/​get a tattoo/​a tattoo done (on your arm)/a tattoo removed have/​get a makeover/​cosmetic surgery use/​wear/​apply/​put on make-up/​cosmeticsFashion follow/​keep up with (the) fashion/​the latest fashions spend/​waste money on designer clothes be fashionably/​stylishly/​well dressed have good/​great/​terrible/​awful taste in clothes update/​revamp your wardrobe be in/​come into/​go out of fashion be (back/​very much) in vogue create a style/​trend/​vogue for something organize/​put on a fashion show show/​unveil a designer’s spring/​summer collection sashay/​strut down the catwalk/(North American English also) runway be on/​do a photo/​fashion shoot See related entries: Clothes
  • Word OriginOld English clāthas, plural of clāth, related to Dutch kleed and German Kleid, of unknown ultimate origin. Cultureformal and informal dressIn general, people in Britain and the US dress in a fairly informal way. Many wear casual clothes most of the time, not just when they are at home or on holiday. Men and women wear jeans or other casual trousers with a shirt or T-shirt and a sweater to go shopping, meet friends, go to a pub or bar, or take their children out. Older people are more likely to dress more smartly, with women wearing a dress or skirt and blouse, and men a shirt, jacket and trousers, when they go out. In summer people may wear shorts (= short trousers/​pants), but these are not usually considered appropriate for work in an office.Most people dress up (= put on smart clothes) to go to a party or club. Some restaurants will not let in people who are wearing jeans. Most people do not now dress up to go to the theatre. Young people are most interested in following fashion and regularly buy new clothes.Men wear suits, and women wear suits or dresses, for formal occasions like funerals or interviews for jobs. Some wear suits or smart clothes every day because their employer expects it or because they think it makes them look more professional. In London many people who work in the City wear pinstripe suits made of dark cloth with narrow grey vertical lines. Most people prefer casual, comfortable clothes for work but some companies do not like people wearing jeans. Employees in banks and shops often have uniforms.For formal occasions during the day, such as a wedding , men may wear morning dress. This includes a jacket with long ‘tails’ at the back, dark grey trousers and a grey top hat. Women wear a smart dress and often a hat. For very formal events in the evening, men may wear evening dress, also called white tie, which consists of a black tailcoat, black trousers, a white waistcoat, white shirt and white bow tie. Women usually wear a long evening dress or ball gown. Usually for formal evening events men wear black tie/​tuxedo, consisting of a black dinner jacket, black trousers and a black bow tie.Extra examples He wore his best clothes to the interview. I’m going to take a set of clean clothes with me. She didn’t recognize him in his everyday clothes. a new suit of clothes for the baby an officer in plain clothes I quickly threw on some clothes and ran downstairs.Idioms
    the emperor has no clothes
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    used to describe a situation in which everybody suddenly realizes that they were mistaken in believing that somebody/something was very good, important, etc. Soon investors will realize that the emperor has no clothes and there will be a big sell-off in stocks. From the story of The Emperor’s New Clothes by Hans Christian Andersen, in which the emperor is tricked into thinking he is wearing beautiful new clothes and everyone pretends to admire them, until a little boy points out that he is naked.
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