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Cloth vs clothes

cloth is a piece of fabric, a material of fibers woven together. It is used to make clothes, which are pieces of cloth sewn together to wear on your body. Sometimes clothes are referred to as clothing, which dispenses with the sometimes troublesome plural noun.

The plural of cloth is cloths. And the plural of clothes is clothes. 

To clothe someone is to put clothes on him or her.


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Occasionally the cloth refers to the station or power that a pastor or preacher of the Christian faith holds.

Examples

The chamber will give way “Shop Small” cloth shopping bags to the first 100 customers at the market from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Sanford Street school building in Glens Falls. [Post Star]

An animal sanctuary in Australia has a found novel way of utilising cleaning cloths – using them as blankets for injured bats. [Daily Mail]

Usually, having the odor of alcoholic beverages clinging to your clothes means you’ve been over-imbibing or just plain clumsy with your cocktails. [CNET]

Sanitation staff Swamy, Saraiah, Komuraiah, Sunitha and Bhagya, who work in Srinagar Colony (South), were felicitated with a shawl, memento and a pair of clothes in recognition of their service. [The Hindu]

A security guard for the building at 208 S. LaSalle St. heard someone beating on the windows at 2:40 a.m., went to investigate and spotted three people in dark clothing inside the Paul Stuart store, according to a police report. [Chicago Tribune]

First introduced in the 1940s, resort, also called cruise or pre-spring, was a niche created to clothe jet-setters heading to warmer climes for the winter. [Los Angeles Times]

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  1. Sown? Seriously? On an article about spelling, no less!
    I sow my cloth in the springtime, in hopes I can harvest clothes by autumn.

  2. Tired_&_Retired says:

    And contrary to popular opinion, there is a difference in the pronunciation of close and clothes…

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