from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The clothes in which a corpse is buried.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • The clothes or dress in which the dead are interred.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • The clothes or dress in which a dead body is interred; cerements, in the wider sense.


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  • But he comes, we find in the icon of the Nativity, peculiarly wrapped in what appears to be graveclothes, his cradle oddly resembling a coffin, the cave in which the baby lies not just a random hole in the earth, but made by his presence into the entrance to the very heart of the earth.

    Eric Simpson: Why Christ's Resurrection Matters

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


  • We have kept on the graveclothes instead of putting on the garments of resurrection.

    Running For Our Lives in Easter Joy

  • And that was you dressing quickly at first light before the heat came whistling up the pipes—early mass among the Italians in their graveclothes.


  • On Easter day, the church would be filled with flowers, and we would roll the stone away from the tomb, leaving a little pile of cotton graveclothes neatly folded inside the tomb and a notice.

    A Good Friday

  • Lazarus and his graveclothes, now against the legs of John the

    Red Pottage

  • It was still dark, says St John as he begins his story of the rising of Jesus; and at the end of the passage we've heard he says that up to the point when the two disciples look into the empty tomb and see the folded graveclothes they hadn't understood what the Jewish scriptures were all about.

    Meditations for Easter Morning, Canterbury Cathedral

  • Maybe she got the idea when she told me that there are no pockets in the graveclothes.

    Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

  • Shall find their graveclothes folded? what clear eyes

    Collected Poems

  • Silently, in a dream she had come to him after her death, her wasted body within its loose brown graveclothes giving off an odour of wax and rosewood, her breath, that had bent upon him, mute, reproachful, a faint odour of wetted ashes.



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