One day he came, as I thought accidentally, to dinner. My husband was very much engaged in business, and quitted the room soon after the cloth was removed.
(countable) A piece of cloth used for a particular purpose.
1824, The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction:
The first room the people enter was formerly the Presence Chamber, which is hung completely with black, and at the r-end a cloth of estate, with a chair of estate standing upon the Haut-place under the state.
2002, Patricia L. Munhall, Ed Madden, & Virginia Macken Fitzsimons, The Emergence of Man Into the 21st Century, →ISBN, page 407:
Like all cultural realities, contemporary modernism is packed with its own myths, its own largely unrecognized metaphors, its own poetics literally perceived -- or should we say, "misperceived"? -- its own reifications and idiosyncratic distinctions. And it comes to us decorated in the cloth of emancipation, a new freedom that would seem to liberate us from those restraints and bonds that were the excretions of an older mindset, an alien political and social order, a rigid and stultifying hierarchy now perceived as riddled with superstition, arbitrary premise, and false conjunction — in contrast, of course, to the liberated mindset that bespeaks our own age!
2007, Kathy Steffen, First, There Is a River, →ISBN:
Unbelievably, he smiled through his cracked and bleeding lips. A horrible nightmare cloaked in the cloth of good.
2011, Beth Linker, War's Waste: Rehabilitation in World War I America, →ISBN, page 148:
Not until rehabilitation was wrapped in the cloth of wartime patriotism—a program billed as necessary for the welfare of disabled soldiers—did it receive overwhelming congressional support.
2014, Shara Russell, In the Shadow of Faith, →ISBN:
After being at your beck and call all these years, he wants a woman, not the consummate teen-ager pretending she's a grownup wrapping her flesh in the cloth of her church.
A form of attire that represents a particular profession or status.
1993, Kwame Anthony Appiah, In My Father's House: Africa in the Philosophy of Culture, →ISBN, page 185:
But he could not come in the white cloth of celebration to a burial service, and he could hardly come in the cloth of mourning to celebrate his two decades on the stool.
2004, Alison Dundes Renteln, The Cultural Defense, →ISBN, page 151:
Wearing the cloth of kings would seem to be an appropriate symbol.
Occasionally the most fortunate found a jewel, a golden-encrusted dagger, a ring, or some other precious gem which decorated the cloths of glory the Persian chieftains and satraps wore.
2016, Stephen John Goundry, Hot Coals of Fire: The Sanctity of the Ministry, →ISBN:
The Old Testament Ministers of God, Aaron and his sons, who were the priests, wore special 'cloths of service.' They were dressed in 'holy garments' so that they could stand and offer in the Presence of God, being beautified by them and being enabled through them to perform their sacred duties.
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