[ greyv-klohz, -klohth z ]
/ ˈgreɪvˌkloʊz, -ˌkloʊðz /

plural noun

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

Nearby words

  1. gravadlax,
  2. gravamen,
  3. grave,
  4. grave clothes,
  5. grave-wax,
  6. gravedigger,
  7. gravel,
  8. gravel-blind,
  9. gravel-voiced,
  10. graveldiver

Origin of graveclothes

First recorded in 1525–35; grave1 + clothes Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for graveclothes

  • 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.

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