[ seer-klawth, -kloth ]
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noun,plural cere·cloths [seer-klawthz, -klothz, -klawths, -kloths]. /ˈsɪərˌklɔðz, -ˌklɒðz, -ˌklɔθs, -ˌklɒθs/.
  1. cloth coated or impregnated with wax so as to be waterproof, formerly used for wrapping the dead, for bandages, etc.

  2. a piece of such cloth.

Origin of cerecloth

1400–50; late Middle English; earlier cered cloth;see cere2

Words Nearby cerecloth

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How to use cerecloth in a sentence

  • I shut the drawer again hurriedly, and that doll in its silver paper cerecloth haunted me all night.

  • The best is a sort of cerecloth which he prepares specially with a very fine material.

    The Mason-bees | J. Henri Fabre
  • So to bed, and there had a cerecloth laid to my foot and leg alone, but in great pain all night long.

  • Not a star sparkled in the sky, which was black as ink; nature seemed covered with a cerecloth; all presaged an approaching storm.

    The Prairie Flower | Gustave Aimard

British Dictionary definitions for cerecloth


/ (ˈsɪəˌklɒθ) /

  1. waxed waterproof cloth of a kind formerly used as a shroud

Origin of cerecloth

C15: from earlier cered cloth, from Latin cērāre to wax; see cere ²

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