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[greyv-klohz, -klohth z]
plural noun
  1. the clothes or wrappings in which a body is buried; cerements.
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Origin of graveclothes

First recorded in 1525–35; grave1 + clothes
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for graveclothes

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

Examples from the Web for graveclothes

Historical Examples of graveclothes

  • And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin.

    The Bible for Young People


  • 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

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


    William Harrison Ainsworth