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[greyv-klohz, -klohth z] /ˈgreɪvˌkloʊz, -ˌkloʊðz/
plural noun
the clothes or wrappings in which a body is buried; cerements.
Origin of graveclothes
1525-35; grave1 + clothes Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for grave clothes
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  • Servants got talking a few days ago—said they saw shadows in grave clothes going through the woods.

    The Gray Mask Wadsworth Camp
  • Discoveries have been made of their cemeteries, winding sheets, and grave clothes.

    The Swastika Thomas Wilson
  • He was "bound hand and foot with grave clothes, and his face was bound about with a napkin."

    A Life of St. John for the Young George Ludington Weed
  • And were the shrouds or grave clothes of those saints also resurrected?

  • The dead man, though wrapped up in his grave clothes, arose and was unloosed before witnesses at the entrance of the vault.

    Ecce Homo! Paul Henry Thiry Baron d' Holbach
  • grave clothes impede the motion of her body: they shroud her eyes and gather round her chest.

    Renaissance in Italy Vol. 3 John Addington Symonds
  • Shortly after they were married he made the discovery that she had prepared the grave clothes for him as well as for herself.

  • It was then only like that of a dead person raised, though not yet unbound from grave clothes.

    The Autobiography of Madame Guyon Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
  • When the dawn of the Greek spirit arose, the sepulchre was empty, the grave clothes laid aside.

    Miscellanies Oscar Wilde
  • And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot in his grave clothes, and with his head tied up in a cloth.

British Dictionary definitions for grave clothes

grave clothes

plural noun
the wrappings in which a dead body is interred
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