winding sheet


a mass of tallow or wax that has run down and hardened on the side of a candle, sometimes considered an omen of misfortune.

Origin of winding sheet

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for winding sheet

Historical Examples of winding sheet

  • I should stand waiting to see you come out in a winding-sheet.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede

    George MacDonald

  • It was still open; only the winding-sheet covered the whole.

    Debts of Honor

    Maurus Jkai

  • She is represented as springing from the tomb clothed in a winding-sheet.


    G. E. (Geraldine Edith) Mitton

  • The mist wrapped them like a winding-sheet, and froze as it fell.

    A Dog with a Bad Name

    Talbot Baines Reed

  • The winding-sheet flies open, and reveals the skeleton of Death.

British Dictionary definitions for winding sheet

winding sheet


a sheet in which a corpse is wrapped for burial; shroud
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