The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Questions and Answers
by Mark Twain

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer book cover
Start Your Free Trial

What does Lawn-Clad mean in Chapter 5 paragraph 1?

Expert Answers info

mzp eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2005

write5 answers

starTop subject is Literature

Since the other descriptive used in the phrase is "ribbon-decked," the term "lawn-clad" must relate to clothing or fabric of some kind. "Lawn" is a type of light cotton fabric. The word "clad" means "clothed" or "covered." Therefore, "lawn-clad" means "dressed in a light cotton fabric."

alexb2 eNotes educator | Certified Educator


bookB.A. from Georgetown University

calendarEducator since 2004

write726 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Science

A much less common definition of the word lawn is

"A light cotton or linen fabric of very fine weave."

ETYMOLOGY: Middle English laun, after Laon, a city of northern France

So, lawn-clad means dressed in a light cotton or linen.

Further Reading:

check Approved by eNotes Editorial