broadcloth

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WLA vanda Wedding suit of James II, made of grey broadcloth
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broad +‎ cloth

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broadcloth (countable and uncountable, plural broadcloths)

  1. A dense, plain woven cloth, usually made of cotton or a cotton blend.
  2. (historical) A fine smooth-faced woolen cloth for men’s garments, usually of double width (i.e., a yard and a half); so called in distinction from woolens three quarters of a yard wide. (Reference: broadcloth in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)
    • 1942, Emily Carr, The Book of Small, "The Bishop and the Canary," [1]
      The look of hurt fury which she hurled at the Bishop's back might have singed his clerical broadcloth.

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