From Middle English clothen, from Old English clāþian (“to clothe”), from Proto-Germanic *klaiþōną (“to clothe”), from Proto-Indo-European *gley- (“to adhere to, stick”). Cognate with Dutch kleden, German kleiden, Swedish kläda, after apocope klä. See also cloth, clad.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈkləʊð/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈkloʊð/
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- Rhymes: -əʊð
- (transitive) To adorn or cover with clothing; to dress; to supply clothes or clothing.
- to feed and clothe a family; to clothe oneself extravagantly
- (figuratively) To cover or invest, as if with a garment.
- to clothe somebody with authority or power