Meaning of “fabric” in the English Dictionary

"fabric" in British English

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uk /ˈfæb.rɪk/ us /ˈfæb.rɪk/

fabric noun (CLOTH)

C1 [ C or U ] cloth or material for making clothes, covering furniture, etc.:

dress fabric
seats upholstered in red fabric
cotton fabrics

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fabric noun (STRUCTURE)

the fabric of sth

C2 the structure or parts of something:

the fabric of society
Unhappiness was woven into the natural fabric of people's lives.
We must invest in the fabric of our hospitals and start rebuilding them.

(Definition of “fabric” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"fabric" in American English

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us /ˈfæb·rɪk/

fabric noun (CLOTH)

[ C/U ] cloth or woven material, or a type of this material:

[ U ] cotton fabric
[ C ] Wash delicate fabrics by hand.

fabric noun (STRUCTURE)

[ U ] the structure of something; the parts of something that hold it together and make it what it is:

Extreme social activism might rip apart the social fabric.

(Definition of “fabric” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"fabric" in Business English

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fabricnoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˈfæbrɪk/ us


Consumers are demanding lighter, easy-to-care-for fabrics.
Competition from overseas fabric producers forced the company to shed 700 jobs.

(Definition of “fabric” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)