[ seer-muhnt, ser-uh- ]
/ ˈsɪər mənt, ˈsɛr ə- /
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noun Usually cerements.
a cerecloth used for wrapping the dead.
any graveclothes.
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Origin of cerement

First recorded in 1595–1605; cere2 + -ment
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How to use cerement in a sentence

  • Wrapper by wrapper he undid, cerement on cerement, till both Leonora and I wondered when he would stop.

    HE|Andrew Lang
  • There was another darkness about her, thicker than the mere night, like a black cerement dropping over her soul.

    Wild Oranges|Joseph Hergesheimer

British Dictionary definitions for cerement

/ (ˈsɪəmənt) /

another name for cerecloth
any burial clothes

Word Origin for cerement

C17: from French cirement, from cirer to wax; see cere ²
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