Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n.pl. Articles of dress; wearing apparel; garments.
  • n.pl. Bedclothes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Items of clothing; apparel.
  • n. Plural form of cloth.
  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of clothe.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.pl. 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.
  • n.pl. The covering of a bed; bedclothes.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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.
  • Garments for the human body; dress; vestments; raiment; vesture.
  • Materials for covering a bed; bedclothes.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. clothing in general

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English clāthas, pl. of clāth, cloth.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English cloþes (Wiktionary)
clothe +‎ -s (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Dressed as I was in the mollah bashi’s clothes, my first care was to make such alterations in them that they should not hold me up to suspicion, and this I did for a trifling expense at an old clothes’ shop, although, at the same time, I took care not to part with any of the valuable articles which had fallen into my possession.

    The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan

  • There was a lawn tennis court and eleven indoor staff, there was fishing and shooting, and adventures for the children, with tree houses and charades; a family orchestra and dressing up in clothes from the huge dressing-up cupboard on wet days.

    Mrs. Miniver

  • As I said, all the knowledge I had about what message to give with the clothes is here invalid.

    Dressing up

  • Another interesting thing I see in the paintings besides the clothes is the women's figures.

    18th and 19th Century Country Women

  • While others label clothes for heavier women "plus sizes," she dubs them "real sizes."

    Armanis Of Aisle 7

  • The chief god with white hair and wonderful clothes -- It is what they call clothes; under it they are as you and me, only the color is different -- the chief god will give many bells to any folk who can show him the way to Quinsai.

    1492,

  • When I am drying my clothes is my most comfortable moment!

    Diaries of Court Ladies of Old Japan

  • Upon those views, I began to consider about putting the few rags I had, which I called clothes, into some order.

    Robinson Crusoe

  • Upon these views I began to consider about putting the few rags I had, which I called clothes, into some order; I had worn out all the waistcoats I had, and my business was now to try if I could not make jackets out of the great watch-coats which I had by me, and with such other materials as I had; so I set to work, tailoring, or rather, indeed, botching, for I made most piteous work of it.

    Robinson Crusoe

  • Upon these views, I began to consider about putting the few rags I had, which I called clothes, into some order: I had worn out all the waistcoats I had, and my business was now to try if I could not make jackets out of the great watch-coats that I had by me, and with such other materials as I had; so I set to work a tailoring, or rather, indeed; a botching, for I made most piteous work of it.

    The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe of York, Mariner, Volume 1 With an Account of His Travels Round Three Parts of the Globe, Written By Himself, in Two Volumes

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