from The Century Dictionary.

  • Clothes.

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  • noun Scotland clothes


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  • "'Embroidery silk,' she said, in answer to his questioning look. 'From Mrs. Buchanan.' ...

    'What's wrong with embroidery silk?'

    'Nothing. It's what it's for. ... She said it's for our winding claes.' ...

    'Winding cl—oh, you mean shrouds?'

    'Yes. Evidently, it's my wifely duty to sit down the morning after the wedding and start spinning cloth for my shroud. ... That way, I'll have it woven and embroidered by the time I die in childbirth. And if I'm a fast worker, I'll have time to make one for you, too—otherwise your next wife will have to finish it!'"

    —Diana Gabaldon, The Fiery Cross (NY: Bantam Dell, 2001), 95–96

    January 19, 2010

  • At a merchant's in the Luckenbooths I had myself fitted out: none too fine, for I had no idea to appear like a beggar on horseback; but comely and responsible, so that servants should respect me. Thence to an armourer's, where I got a plain sword, to suit with my degree in life. . . . The porter, who was naturally a man of some experience, judge my accoutrement to be well chosen.

    "Naething kenspeckle," said he; "plain, dacent claes. As for the rapier, nae doubt it sits wi' your degree; but an I had been you, I would has waired my siller better-gates than that."
    Robert Louis Stevenson, Catriona (1892), pt. I, ch. 1

    November 19, 2015