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clothe definition


This page has 4 definitions of clothe in English and Middle English. Clothe is a verb and noun. Examples of how to use clothe in a sentence are shown. Also define these 8 related words and terms: adorn, cover, clothing, dress, clothes, invest, cloth, and clothen.

English clothe definition


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.



clothe (third-person singular simple present clothes, present participle clothing, simple past and past participle clad or clothed)

  1. (transitive) To adorn or cover with clothing; to dress; to supply clothes or clothing.
    to feed and clothe a family; to clothe oneself extravagantly
    • Adorn definition
      To make more beautiful and attractive; to decorate.
  2. (figuratively) To cover or invest, as if with a garment.
    to clothe somebody with authority or power


Derived terms


Middle English clothe definition

Etymology 1

From Old English clāþ.



  1. Alternative form of cloth

Etymology 2

From Old English clāþian.



  1. Alternative form of clothen
    • Clothen definition
      to use clothing: To clothe; to put clothing on. To wear; to put clothing on oneself. To furnish with clothing or garments. (1 of 13 clothen definitions)