cloth / klô[unvoicedth]/ • n. (pl. cloths / klô[voicedth]z; klô[unvoicedth]s/ ) 1. woven or felted fabric made from wool, cotton, or a similar fiber: ∎ a piece of cloth for a particular purpose, such as a dishcloth or a tablecloth: wipe clean with a damp cloth. 2. (the cloth) the clergy; the clerical profession: a man of the cloth.
A. piece of woven or felted stuff OE.; the stuff or material itself (in these two uses with mod. pl. cloths) XIV;
B. †(coll.) clothing, raiment XII, equivalent to clothes, OE. clāþas, ME. clāþes, clōþes. OE. clāð = MDu. kleet (Du. kleed), MHG. kleit (G. kleid); cf. ON. klæði; of unkn. orig.
So clothe vb., pt., pp. clothed and (arch.) clad provide with clothes. XII. ME. clāþen, pointing to OE. *clāðian, f. clāð.