Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

2017 Word of the Year

sackcloth

[sak-klawth, -kloth] /ˈsækˌklɔθ, -ˌklɒθ/
noun
1.
2.
coarse cloth worn as a sign of mourning or penitence.
Idioms
3.
in sackcloth and ashes, in a state of repentance or sorrow; contrite:
She would be in sackcloth and ashes for days over every trifling error she made.
Origin of sackcloth
1350-1400
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at sack1, cloth
Related forms
sackclothed, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for sackcloth
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
British Dictionary definitions for sackcloth

sackcloth

/ˈsækˌklɒθ/
noun
1.
coarse cloth such as sacking
2.
garments made of such cloth, worn formerly to indicate mourning or penitence
3.
sackcloth and ashes, a public display of extreme grief, remorse, or repentance
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for sackcloth
n.

penitential or grieving garb, late 13c., literally "cloth of which sacks are made," from sack (n.1) + cloth. In the Biblical sense it was of goats' or camels' hair, the coarsest possible clothing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for sackcloth

Word Value for sackcloth

20
22
Scrabble Words With Friends