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[seer-klawth, -kloth]
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noun, plural cere·cloths [seer-klawth z, -kloth z, -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.
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Origin of cerecloth

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

veil, cloak, pall, envelope, sheet, garment, dress, screen, cover, shelter, shade, wrap, vault, shadow, clothing, cerement, cerecloth

Examples from the Web for cerecloth

Historical Examples

  • 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

  • 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


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

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