Definition of Clothing by Merriam-Webster

cloth·​ing | ˈklō-t͟hiŋ How to pronounce clothing (audio)

Synonyms for clothing


  • apparel,
  • attire,
  • clobber
  • [British slang],
  • clothes,
  • costumery,
  • dress,
  • duds,
  • garments,
  • gear,
  • habiliment(s),
  • habit
  • [archaic],
  • rags,
  • raiment,
  • rig,
  • rigging,
  • threads,
  • toggery,
  • togs,
  • vestiary,
  • vestments,
  • vesture,
  • wear,
  • wearables,
  • weeds

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Examples of clothing in a Sentence

an expensive article of clothing

We’re collecting food and clothing for the poor.

Only people wearing protective clothing may enter the room.

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Recent Examples on the Web The model also shared more photos of her wearing the protective clothing on the airplane.

Rasha Ali, USA TODAY, “Naomi Campbell’s travel attire of choice amid coronavirus pandemic: a hazmat suit,” 13 Mar. 2020
The name comes from the idea that hunters wear orange clothing to signal to other hunters no to shoot them.

Jordan Freiman, CBS News, “Hadiya Pendleton honored in gun violence PSA from Jay-Z and NFL,” 11 Mar. 2020
Investigators believe that women were coached to lie about their travel plans, told to wear loose clothing to hide their pregnancies, and promised Social Security numbers and passports for their babies.

Andrew Mark Miller, Washington Examiner, “Federal agents raid dozens of homes in crackdown on ‘birth tourism’,” 5 Mar. 2020
The suspects were wearing all black clothing and masks over their faces, according to police.

Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, “Armed males break into Akron home in robbery, police say,” 28 Feb. 2020
Pedestrians should carry lights and wear reflective clothing if possible.

oregonlive, “Portland metro Tuesday traffic: Heavy fog for morning commute,” 26 Feb. 2020
The man, who was wearing light clothing in sub-freezing temperatures, was given first aid and taken by Coast Guard helicopter to a local hospital.

Tim Stelloh, NBC News, “Runner breaks ankle on remote trail in Washington state, crawls eight hours to call 911,” 25 Feb. 2020
Both suspects, described as black males in their 20s, wearing dark clothing, fled the scene.

Miriam Marini, Detroit Free Press, “3 dead, 3 injured after overnight shootings, fatal hit-and-run, Detroit police investigate,” 24 Feb. 2020
Take these extra precautions: Seek the shade whenever possible, and wear sun-safe clothing, a wide-brimmed hat, and UV-blocking sunglasses, says Dr. Engelman.

Lisa Bain, Good Housekeeping, “Everything Little Thing You Need to Know About How to Apply Sunscreen Correctly,” 21 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of clothing

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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Cite this Entry

“Clothing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Mar. 2020.

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cloth·​ing | ˈklō-t͟hiŋ How to pronounce clothing (audio)

Kids Definition of clothing

: the things people wear to cover their bodies

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