- 1(usually in compounds) used especially in shops/stores to describe clothes for a particular purpose or occasion casual/evening, etc. wear children’s/ladies’ wear see also footwear, menswear, sportswear, underwear See related entries: The fashion world
- 2the fact of wearing something casual clothes for everyday wear These woollen suits are not designed for wear in hot climates. 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 See related entries: The fashion world use
- 3the amount or type of use that something has over a period of time You should get years of wear out of that carpet. damage
- 4the damage or loss of quality that is caused when something has been used a lot His shoes were beginning to show signs of wear. The machines have to be checked regularly for wear. Word Origin Old English werian, of Germanic origin, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin vestis
- 1in a poor condition because of being used a lot
- 2drunk He arrived home at two in the morning, much the worse for wear.