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cerement n : burial garment in which a corpse is wrapped [syn: pall, shroud, winding-sheet, winding-clothes]

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From French cirement ‘waxing, wax dressing’, from cirer ‘to wax, wrap’.


  1. A burial shroud or garment.
  2. Cerecloth.


  • c. 1600, Shakespeare, Hamlet
    Why thy canonized bones, hearsed in death, have burst their cerements.
  • 1919, Ronald Firbank, Valmouth, Duckworth, hardback edition, page 77
    "Who is the woman in the cerements?", she inconsequently wondered.
  • 1971 Anthony Burgess, M/F, Penguin 2004, page 62
    Her red robe billowed, all in wood, except where the great phallic spike of her martyrdom had called forth blood to tack the cerement to her body.
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