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verb (used with object), cered, cer·ing.
  1. Archaic. to wrap in or as if in a cerecloth, especially a corpse.
  2. Obsolete. to wax.
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Origin of cere2

1375–1425; late Middle English ceren < Latin cērāre to wax, verbal derivative of cēra wax
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Historical Examples

  • Ul′cered, affected with an ulcer; Ul′cerous, of the nature of an ulcer: affected with an ulcer.

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British Dictionary definitions for cered


  1. a soft waxy swelling, containing the nostrils, at the base of the upper beak in such birds as the parrot
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Word Origin

C15: from Old French cire wax, from Latin cēra


  1. (tr) to wrap (a corpse) in a cerecloth
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Word Origin

C15: from Latin cērāre, from cēra wax
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Word Origin and History for cered



late 15c., from French cire "wax" (12c.), from Latin cera "wax, wax seal, wax writing tablet," related to Greek keros "beeswax," of unknown origin.

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