—n. 1. a fabric formed by weaving, felting, etc., from wool, hair, silk, flax, cotton, or other fiber, used for garments, upholstery, and many other items.
2. a piece of such a fabric for a particular purpose: an altar cloth. 3. the particular attire of any profession, esp. that of the clergy. Cf. man of the cloth. 4. the cloth,the clergy: men of the cloth. 5. Naut. a. one of the lengths of canvas or duck of standard width sewn side by side to form a sail, awning, or tarpaulin.
b. any of various pieces of canvas or duck for reinforcing certain areas of a sail.
c. a number of sails taken as a whole.
6. Obs.a garment; clothing.
—adj. 1. of or made of cloth: She wore a cloth coat trimmed with fur. 2. clothbound.