From Middle English clothing, clathing; equivalent to clothe + -ing. Cognate with Scots cleeding, cleiding, cleading (“clothing”), Dutch kleding (“clothing”), German Kleidung (“clothing”), Danish klædning (“clothing, dress, attire”), Swedish klädning (“dress”). Doublet of the dialectal English term cleading, from Middle English clething; compare also cladding.
- Any of a wide variety of articles, usually made of fabrics, animal hair, animal skin, or some combination thereof, used to cover the human body for warmth, to preserve modesty, or for fashion.
- From others he shall stand in need of nothing, / Yet on his brothers shall depend for clothing.
- An act or instance of putting clothes on.
- The clothing and unclothing of the idols was of special significance.
- (obsolete) The art or process of making cloth.
- Instructing [refugees] in the art of clothing.
- A covering of non-conducting material on the outside of a boiler, or steam chamber, to prevent radiation of heat.
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- See also Thesaurus:clothing
- clathing, clothyng, clothynge, clathynge, cloþing, cloþinge, cloþingue, claþing, claþinng, cloþyng, claȝing
clothing (plural clothinges)
- What one wears; clothing, outfit, garments.
- Linen or sheets used as a cover or a protective layer.
- The equipping or provision of garments.
- English: clothing