from (the) cradle to (the) grave

idiom

Definition of from (the) cradle to (the) grave

: from the beginning until the end of life
  • He led a life of hardship from the cradle to the grave.
  • The book describes her life from cradle to grave.

Word by Word Definitions

cradle play
  1. : a bed or cot for a baby usually on rockers or pivots

  2. : a framework or support suggestive of a baby's cradle: such as

  3. : a framework of bars and rods

  1. : to place or keep in or as if in a cradle

  2. : shelter, rear

  3. : to support protectively or intimately

grave play
  1. : dig, excavate

  2. : to carve or shape with a chisel : sculpture

  3. : to carve or cut (something, such as letters or figures) into a hard surface : engrave

  1. : an excavation (see excavation 2) for burial of a body

  2. : death

  3. : death

  1. : to clean and pay with pitch

  1. : authoritative, weighty

  2. : meriting serious consideration : important

  3. : likely to produce great harm or danger

  1. : a grave accent ` used to show that a vowel is pronounced with a fall of pitch (as in ancient Greek), that a vowel has a certain quality (such as è in French), that a final e is stressed and close and that a final o is stressed and low (as in Italian), that a syllable has a degree of stress between maximum and minimum (as in phonetic transcription), or that the e of the English ending -ed is to be pronounced (as in "this cursèd day")

  1. : slowly and solemnly


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up from (the) cradle to (the) grave? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!