[ seer-klawth, -kloth ]
/ ˈsɪərˌklɔθ, -ˌklɒθ /

noun, plural cere·cloths [seer-klawth z, -kloth z, -klawths, -kloths] /ˈsɪərˌklɔðz, -ˌklɒðz, -ˌklɔθs, -ˌklɒθs/.

cloth coated or impregnated with wax so as to be waterproof, formerly used for wrapping the dead, for bandages, etc.
a piece of such cloth.

Origin of cerecloth

1400–50; late Middle English; earlier cered cloth; see cere2
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Examples from the Web for cerecloth

  • So to bed, and there had a cerecloth laid to my foot and leg alone, but in great pain all night long.

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

    The Mason-bees|J. Henri Fabre

British Dictionary definitions for cerecloth

/ (ˈsɪəˌklɒθ) /


waxed waterproof cloth of a kind formerly used as a shroud

Word Origin for cerecloth

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