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[greyv-klohz, -klohth z] /ˈgreɪvˌkloʊz, -ˌkloʊðz/
plural noun
the clothes or wrappings in which a body is buried; cerements.
Origin of graveclothes
First recorded in 1525-35; grave1 + clothes Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for grave clothes
Historical Examples
  • Discoveries have been made of their cemeteries, winding sheets, and grave clothes.

    The Swastika

    Thomas Wilson
  • And were the shrouds or grave clothes of those saints also resurrected?

  • The grave clothes were not now wrapped around his body, and the napkin had been taken from his face.

  • Shortly after they were married he made the discovery that she had prepared the grave clothes for him as well as for herself.

  • grave clothes impede the motion of her body: they shroud her eyes and gather round her chest.

    Renaissance in Italy Vol. 3 John Addington Symonds
  • Later, however, Sinonis tried to dispose of their grave clothes and was arrested in the act.

  • He was cold, and his light clothing clung to him wet and chilling as grave clothes.

    The Eye of Dread Payne Erskine
  • And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with grave clothes; and his face was bound about with a napkin.

    Life and Times of David Charles Henry Mackintosh
  • When the dawn of the Greek spirit arose, the sepulchre was empty, the grave clothes laid aside.

    Miscellanies Oscar Wilde
  • It was then only like that of a dead person raised, though not yet unbound from grave clothes.

    The Autobiography of Madame Guyon Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
British Dictionary definitions for grave clothes

grave clothes

plural noun
the wrappings in which a dead body is interred
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