sackcloth

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noun sack·cloth \ˈsa(k)-ˌklȯth\

Definition of sackcloth

  1. 1 :  a coarse cloth of goat or camel's hair or of flax, hemp, or cotton

  2. 2 :  a garment of sackcloth worn as a sign of mourning or penitence

Origin and Etymology of sackcloth

1sack


First Known Use: 13th century



SACKCLOTH Defined for English Language Learners

sackcloth

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noun sack·cloth \ˈsa(k)-ˌklȯth\

Definition of sackcloth for English Language Learners

  • : rough cloth that is used for making sacks



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