[ greyv-klohz, -klohthz ]

plural noun
  1. the clothes or wrappings in which a body is buried; cerements.

Origin of graveclothes

First recorded in 1525–35; grave1 + clothes

Words Nearby graveclothes Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use graveclothes in a sentence

  • Art has no business with real graveclothes when she wants tragic drapery—has she?

  • Folding the graveclothes decently over the body, Luke prepared to depart.

    Rookwood | William Harrison Ainsworth
  • Then she turned and passed away into the shadow of the trees; I heard her graveclothes sweep upon the grass.

    Montezuma's Daughter | H. Rider Haggard
  • And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin.

British Dictionary definitions for grave clothes

grave clothes

pl n
  1. the wrappings in which a dead body is interred

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