clothes

noun (plural) the things that people wear to cover their body or keep warm: I need some new clothes. | work/school clothes (=clothes suitable for work or school) USAGE NOTE: CLOTHES WORD CHOICE: clothes, clothing, piece/item of clothing, garment, something to wear, cloth, material, fabric, dress Clothes is the usual word for things we wear: She's got some beautiful clothes (NOT cloths). Clothing (U) is a more formal word for clothes in general: The workers here all have to wear protective clothing (NOT clothings).).| a clothes/clothing shop. When you are talking about clothes for a particular event, you often say something to wear: It's Gloria's wedding tomorrow and I haven't got anything to wear (=I have no suitable clothes). Clothes is not used with numbers, and in conversation if you want to talk about one piece/item of clothing you would usually call it by its name: I want to buy a new coat (NOT a new cloth/clothing). Garment (C) is a rather formal word for a single piece of clothing. On a shop notice: Only three garments may be taken into the fitting room (NOT three clothes). Clothes are made from various kinds of material, fabric or cloth (U), such as woven wool, silk, cotton or acrylic: I brought back a lovely piece of cloth from Thailand to make a dress out of. A cloth ((C) with plural cloths) is a piece of cloth, used for cleaning surfaces, dishes etc: Oh dear, I've spilt my beer - have you got a cloth? A dress (C) is a kind of clothing worn by women: What a pretty dress she's wearing! In certain expressions dress (U) is used to mean a particular type of clothes. The men were expected to wear casual dress/formal evening dress/national dress/fancy dress for the dinner.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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  • clothes — W2S2 [kləuðz, kləuz US klouðz, klouz] n [plural] [: Old English; Origin: clathas, plural of clath; CLOTH] the things that people wear to cover their body or keep warm ▪ I enjoy shopping for clothes and shoes. ▪ What sort of clothes was he wearing …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • clothes — [ klouðz ] noun plural *** the things that you wear such as shirts, dresses, pants, etc.: a pile of dirty clothes Carmen wears the most beautiful clothes. put on clothes: I m going to put on some clean clothes. take off clothes: Why don t you… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • clothes — clothes, clothing, dress, attire, apparel, raiment are comparable when they denote a person s garments considered collectively. Clothes and clothing are general words which do not necessarily suggest a wearer or personal owner but sometimes a… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Clothes — (kl[=o][th]z or kl[=o]z; 277), n. pl. [From {Cloth}.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster] She . . . speaks well,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • clothes — clothes; clothes·horse; clothes·pin; clothes·pole; clothes·press; plain·clothes·man; …   English syllables

  • clothes — O.E. claðas cloths, clothes, originally pl. of clað cloth (see CLOTH (Cf. cloth)), which, in 19c. after the sense of article of clothing had faded from it, acquired a new plural form, cloths, to distinguish it from this word …   Etymology dictionary

  • clothes — [klōthz, klōz] pl.n. [ME < OE clathas, clothes, pl. of clath, CLOTH] 1. articles, usually of cloth, designed to cover, protect, or adorn the body; garments; attire 2. Now Rare BEDCLOTHES …   English World dictionary

  • clothes — / clothing [n] personal attire accouterment, apparel, array, caparison, civvies*, costume, covering, drag*, drapery, dress, duds*, ensemble, equipment, finery, frippery, frock, full feather*, garb, garments, gear, get up*, habiliment, habit, hand …   New thesaurus

  • clothes — ► PLURAL NOUN ▪ items worn to cover the body. ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

  • clothes — n. 1) to change; put on; take off; wear clothes 2) to launder, wash clothes 3) night; summer; swaddling; winter clothes 4) new; old clothes 5) civilian clothes 6) in clothes (the soldier was in civilian clothes) * * * [kləʊ(ð)z] old clothes put… …   Combinatory dictionary

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