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Towels and cloths in the home

cloth

noun

a piece of cloth used for a particular purpose such as cleaning or covering a table

dishcloth

noun

a small cloth that you use in the kitchen for washing or drying dishes

dishtowel

noun

a tea towel for drying dishes

duster

noun

a cloth for removing dust from the surfaces of furniture

facecloth

noun

a small piece of cloth that you use for washing yourself, especially your face

face flannel

noun

a facecloth

flannel

noun

a small piece of cloth used for washing yourself. The American word is washcloth.

hand towel

noun

a small towel that you use for drying your hands

loofah

noun

a long rough object that you use for washing yourself. It is made from a dried tropical fruit.

napkin

noun

a piece of cloth or paper used for protecting your clothes and wiping your mouth and hands while you are eating

potholder

noun

a thick piece of cloth used for protecting your hands when you are holding a hot cooking pan

rag

noun

a piece of old cloth used for cleaning or wiping something

serviette

noun

a table napkin

tablecloth

noun

a large cloth for covering a table

table linen

noun

a tablecloth and the napkins that you use for wiping your fingers and mouth during a meal

tea cosy

noun

a cover that is put over a teapot to keep the tea hot

tea towel

noun

a cloth used for drying kitchen objects such as dishes and cups. The American word is dishtowel.

towel

noun

a piece of material used for drying your hands or body, or for drying dishes

washcloth

noun

a facecloth

pre-roll

a video advertisement that appears immediately before an online video

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