• A barefoot boy wearing ragged clothes
    A barefoot boy wearing ragged clothes
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v clothe provide with clothes or put clothes on "Parents must feed and dress their child"
    • v clothe cover as if with clothing "the mountain was clothed in tropical trees"
    • v clothe furnish with power or authority; of kings or emperors
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Additional illustrations & photos:

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
When the Goats Began to Chew The Clothes 375 When the Goats Began to Chew The Clothes 375
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

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The average US worker toils for two hours and 47 minutes of each working day just to pay income tax. Indeed, the average American pays more in taxes than for food, clothing and shelter put together
    • Clothe Fig.: To cover or invest, as with a garment; as, to clothe one with authority or power. "Language in which they can clothe their thoughts.""His sides are clothed with waving wood.""Thus Belial, with with words clothed in reason's garb."
    • Clothe To provide with clothes; as, to feed and clothe a family; to clothe one's self extravagantly. "Drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.""The naked every day he clad ,
      When he put on his clothes."
    • Clothe To put garments on; to cover with clothing; to dress. "Go with me, to clothe you as becomes you."
    • v. i Clothe To wear clothes. "Care no more to clothe eat."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • 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)
    • clothe To put garments on; invest with raiment; dress; attire.
    • clothe Hence To cover as if with clothing; overspread or surround with any covering, literally or figuratively; invest.
    • clothe To furnish with raiment; provide with clothing: as, to feed and clothe a child or an apprentice.
    • clothe Synonyms To attire, array, apparel.
    • clothe To wear clothes.
    • clothe Nautical, to cover with canvas; rig.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: "Corduroy" comes from the French, "cord du roi" or "cloth of the king."
    • v.t Clothe (klōth) to cover with a garment: to provide with clothes
    • v.t Clothe (fig.) to invest as with a garment: to cover:—pr.p. clōth′ing; pa.t. and pa.p. clōthed or clad
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  • William Shakespeare
    “Fashion wears out more clothes than the man.”
  • Don Marquis
    “Fishing is a delusion entirely surrounded by liars in old clothes.”
  • R. Buckminster Fuller
    “Tombs are the clothes of the dead and a grave is a plain suit; while an expensive monument is one with embroidery.”
  • Sydney Smith
    “Correspondences are like small clothes before the invention of suspenders; it is impossible to keep them up.”
  • Christian Nevell Bovee
    “Music is the fourth great material want, first food, then clothes, then shelter, then music.”
  • Alan Havhamess
    Alan Havhamess
    “I've always regarded nature as the clothing of God.”


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
OE. clathen, clothen, clethen, AS. clāðian, clǣðan,. See Cloth
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. cláth, cloth; Ger. kleid, a garment.


In literature:

I give thee the chance to clothe thy emperor with clothes of thine own.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
With all the speed I could make, I stripped off my clothes and flung them upon the rocks.
"The Boy Tar" by Mayne Reid
Crown 8vo, cloth, 3s.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
The dirty bandage still covered his forehead, his clothes were stained and untidy, and he had an unkempt, dissipated air.
"Prescott of Saskatchewan" by Harold Bindloss
When spats are used they should be of brown, gray, or drab cloth or canvas, to match the trousers as nearly as possible.
"The Complete Bachelor" by Walter Germain
Red dress cloths which were formerly hung fore and aft, outside the upper works on holidays; still used by foreigners.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Numbers of bottles were ranged down the middle of the tables, which were of bare wood without cloth.
"Condemned as a Nihilist" by George Alfred Henty
Her clothes were old-fashioned but warm.
"The Book of Stories for the Storyteller" by Fanny E. Coe
Put the mixture in a coarse muslin bag, and shake it over the clothes.
"The Ladies Book of Useful Information" by Anonymous
Many of the sleepers were buried in the ruins; other escaped in their night clothes.
"Complete Story of the San Francisco Horror" by Richard Linthicum

In poetry:

They walk with girls o' Sundays,
All in their Sunday clothes;
And of a Sunday evening
Go where good liquor flows.
"The New Recruit" by Katharine Tynan
Spare diet is my fare,
My clothes more fit than fine;
I know I feed and clothe a foe,
That pamper'd would repine.
"Content and Rich" by Robert Southwell
Two who are Mostly Good.
Two who have lived their day,
But keep on putting on their clothes
And putting things away.
"The Bean Eaters" by Gwendolyn Elizabeth Brooks
"Yes, fore God," then said Rob-in,
"Or else I were a fool;
Another day ye will me clothe,
I trow, against the Yule."
"Robin Hood" by Henry Morley
"Dear boy, the night is stormy,
Your ragged clothes are thin,
And soon the heavy rain-drops
Will wet you to the skin.
"Who Cares?" by John Hartley
For God it was who summoned,
And God it was who led,
And God would not forsake the love
That must be clothed and fed.
"The Puritans' Christmas" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

Cheaply -made clothes take a toll on the environment.
My sister likes to shop for clothes where she can get cheap trendy stuff, lots of it.
Or are we just big babies in grown-up clothes, ready to throw tantrums when we don't get our way.
Kings of Destruction reps its strain-based clothing line on the Guardian roof.
A US judge in Virginia allows a college student to sue two TSA screeners over his arrest after he stripped off his clothes to reveal a protest message written on his chest.
Community rallying to replace toys, clothes lost by weekend fire.
100,000 workers making $4 billion worth of shoes, clothes.
University Press of Mississippi, cloth, $45.
I am constantly picking up clothes, soda cans, etc.
Jane Taylor was managing a women's clothing store in downtown Christchurch a year ago when the earthquake struck.
Plans for a high-end women's clothing store in Clarendon have fallen through.
A man sifts through donated clothing at a distribution center November 4, 2012 in the Rockaway neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.
We are exposed to them through our carpets, lawn chemicals—even our clothing.
The Children's Place and Motherhood Maternity will showcase their spring and summer lines of clothing during the upcoming Pregnancy Expo: Birth, Baby & Beyond.
Clothing the naked meant providing showers, clothes and shoes to our friends from the street.

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)