• A barefoot boy wearing ragged clothes
    A barefoot boy wearing ragged clothes
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n clothes clothing in general "she was refined in her choice of apparel","he always bought his clothes at the same store","fastidious about his dress"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The little chimney sweep, with his ragged clothes and brush The little chimney sweep, with his ragged clothes and brush
Two girls looking thoughtful; one of them is sitting on a clothes trunk Two girls looking thoughtful; one of them is sitting on a clothes trunk
Waiting for Their Clothes to Dry 187 Waiting for Their Clothes to Dry 187
For everyday use the Jamestown settlers wore hardwearing clothes made of homespun cloth. (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.) For everyday use the Jamestown settlers wore hardwearing clothes made of homespun cloth. (Conjectural sketch by...
Dining-Room Table and Cloth Dining-Room Table and Cloth
Geppetto Makes His Puppet Some Clothes Geppetto Makes His Puppet Some Clothes

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Urine from men?s public urinals was sold as a commodity in Ancient Rome. It was used as a dye and for making clothes hard
    • Clothes Covering for the human body; dress; vestments; vesture; -- a general term for whatever covering is worn, or is made to be worn, for decency or comfort. "She . . . speaks well, and has excellent good clothes .""If I may touch but his clothes , I shall be whole."
    • Clothes The covering of a bed; bedclothes. "She turned each way her frighted head,
      Then sunk it deep beneath the clothes ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: D. H. Lawrence enjoyed taking off his clothes and climbing mulberry trees.
    • clothes Cloths: the older plural of cloth, now used only in composition, and including usually senses 2 and 3, as in clothes-basket, clothes-horse, clothes-line, etc.
    • clothes Garments for the human body; dress; vestments; raiment; vesture.
    • clothes Materials for covering a bed; bedclothes.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Scarecrows frighten birds because of the human odor emitted from the clothes they wear. Come rain and wind, this odor dissapears. (tip for people who dont bathe often)
    • Clothes (klōthz, coll. klōz) garments or articles of dress: blankets for a bed
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  • Thomas Fuller
    “Many come to bring their clothes to church rather than themselves.”
  • Diana Ross
    Diana Ross
    “With the Supremes I made so much money so fast all I wanted to do was buy clothes and pretty things. Now I'm comfortable with money and it's comfortable with me.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “She wore far too much rouge last night and not quite enough clothes. That is always a sign of despair in a woman.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
    “Distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes.”
  • Sir Hardy Amies
    Sir Hardy Amies
    “The best-dressed woman is one whose clothes wouldn't look too strange in the country.”


Cloth ears - If you don't listen to people, they may suggest you have cloth ears.
Cut from the same cloth - If people are cut from the same cloth, they are very similar in terms of ideas, opinions, beliefs, etc.
Cut your coat according to your cloth - If you cut your coat according to your cloth, you only buy things that you have sufficient money to pay for.
Man of the cloth - A man of the cloth is a priest.
Whole cloth - (USA) If something is made out of whole cloth, it is a fabrication and not true.
Wolf in sheep's clothing - A wolf in sheep's clothing is something dangerous that looks quite safe and innocent.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Cloth
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. cláth, cloth; Ger. kleid, a garment.


In literature:

Embroidered turbans and kamarbands are made from these cloths, especially in white cloth, generally of a fine quality.
"Across Coveted Lands" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
During the winter months we had barley coffee and pancakes, no bed clothes and no clothes for the children.
"Old Rail Fence Corners" by Various
He had been at it the whole day and had used for the purpose my best hair and clothes brushes.
"In the Forbidden Land" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
Words may clothe ideas, but it takes deeds to realize them.
"A Labrador Doctor" by Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
The cloth-beam is about ten inches in diameter, and the cloth is wound as the weaving proceeds.
"Home Life in Colonial Days" by Alice Morse Earle
We raised our own flax an' cotton an' wool, spun the thread, wove the cloth, made all the clothes.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Various
Sailors, with proverbial generosity, share their biscuits and clothing with the blacks.
"Captain Canot" by Brantz Mayer
Price One Dollar; or bound in one volume, cloth, for $1.25.
"Helen and Arthur" by Caroline Lee Hentz
They were all more or less clothed in well-made cloth manufactured from the paper mulberry-tree, and ingeniously painted.
"Notable Voyagers" by W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
Dressing was a quick job in those wilds, where at midday in summer one didn't want much clothing.
"Adventures in Many Lands" by Various

In poetry:

What dire calamities await
(Proceeding from sly foes)
The man who never shew'd his hate
When dress'd in his new clothes.
"The Spotted Coat" by William Hutton
"Better to see the dawn come up,
Along of a trifling one,
Than set a steady man's cloth and cup
And pray the day be done.
"The Whistling Girl" by Dorothy Parker
Time was clothed in rippling fashion,.
Opulence of light and air,
Beauty changing into passion
Every hour and everywhere.
"Permanence" by Duncan Campbell Scott
Mine is the time of foliage,
When hills and valleys teem
With buds and vines sweet scented,
All clothed in glowing green.
"June" by Mary Weston Fordham
His hoary frost, his fleecy snow,
Descend and clothe the ground;
The liquid streams forbear to flow,
In icy fetters bound.
"Psalm 147" by Isaac Watts
"Mine own unquenchable desire,
Ambition, lust, consumes,
Clothes me with a shirt of fire;
I mourn among the tombs."
"Ballad Of The Dead Monk; Or, Brother Benedict" by Roden Berkeley Wriothesley Noel

In news:

'Table Cloth' by Ball-Nogues Studio with UCLA Students.
Bye-Bye , Baby Clothes: Empty the Nursery Closet.
Want to organize and protect your clothes like the stars.
Los Angeles-based clothing retailer Forever 21 is opening its expanded and remodeled store Nov 19 at Westfield Group's Westfield Parkway shopping center in El Cajon .
Active people look to Under Armour's clothing, footwear, and sports gear to help them stay at the top of their game.
UNITED STATES—I'm often asked what clothes I recommend for those on limited budgets.
There are already camouflage clothes with button down collars and even camo undies.
Whether that question begs some actual proof doesn't really matter when the camo clothing also wicks away moisture and offers UPF 50-plus sun protection.
This classic Cuban beef stew is called ropa vieja —"old clothes"—because the juicy beef is shredded like rags.
Stylish Striped Clothing and Accessories Under $100.
Shoppers will have to wait an additional day to pick up the latest clothing trends for teens, as the opening of Wet Seal at Sangertown Square Mall has been delayed.
Mission clothed in needs of Frayser school.
Film Joe Dante's fully clothed orgy, and the rest of this week's screenings.
Frothy spring clothes, fresh from the factory and with that crisp new smell clothes only have once, before anyone ever wears them, hang from every rack at upscale department stores—well, almost every rack.
It has been said in some circles that it's the clothes that make the man, but in Beachmont, it is a man who is making the clothes – and to some noted success.

In science:

Once Ralf flies to England and Rolf flies to Greece (Fig.1). God who is observing the twins, sees that they carry clothes and shoes having the same sizes. He is not surprised: Ralf and Rolf are twins and have the same mechanical (hidden) parameters.
Bell's theorem, entanglement, and common sense
God sees also that their sets of clothes and shoes are identical in fashion and color and very simple: each of them has only one variant for warm weather and one variant for cold weather. He does not wonder: such parameters can be stipulated in Frankfurt.
Bell's theorem, entanglement, and common sense
Due to their low threshold and their ease of production, random lasers are expected to be used in many applications, such as coding of clothing and detection of dangerous materials .
Intrinsic fluctuations in random lasers
His intentions were motivated by the idea, that a ma jor cause for the Great Depression in the 1930’s were consumers’ habit of “using their old cars, their old tires, their old radios and their old clothing much longer than statisticians had expected” .
Modern consumerism and the waste problem
Improper clothing: When the very basic needs such as food and medical aid were under strain one cannot think of comfortable clothing for the disabled to comfort his / her disability. Thus clothes depending on the weather conditions cannot be provided by the caretakers to the dependent PWDs.
Mathematical Analysis of the Problems faced by the People With Disabilities (PWDs)