Shroud


Shroud

Shroud usually refers to an item, such as a cloth, that covers or protects some other object. The term is most often used in reference to "burial sheets", or "winding-sheets", such as the famous Shroud of Turin or "Tachrichim" (burial shrouds) that Jews are dressed in for burial. Traditionally, burial shrouds are made of white cotton, wool or linen, though any material can be used so long as it is made of natural fibre.

The Early Christian Church also strongly encouraged the use of winding-sheets, except for monarchs and bishops, and their use was general until at least the Renaissance - clothes were very expensive, and they had the advantage that a good set of clothes was not lost to the family. [Françoise Piponnier and Perrine Mane; "Dress in the Middle Ages"; p.112, Yale UP, 1997; ISBN 0300069065] Orthodox Christians still sometimes use a burial shroud, usually decorated with a cross and the Trisagion. The special shroud that is used during the Orthodox Holy Week services is called an Epitaphios.

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  • Shroud — (shroud), n. [OE. shroud, shrud, schrud, AS. scr[=u]d a garment, clothing; akin to Icel. skru[eth] the shrouds of a ship, furniture of a church, a kind of stuff, Sw. skrud dress, attire, and E. shred. See {Shred}, and cf. {Shrood}.] 1. That which …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Shroud — Shroud, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Shrouded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Shrouding}.] [Cf. AS. scr?dan. See {Shroud}, n.] 1. To cover with a shroud; especially, to inclose in a winding sheet; to dress for the grave. [1913 Webster] The ancient Egyptian mummies… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • shroud — [shroud] n. [ME schroude < OE scrud, akin to ON skrud, accouterments, cloth, OE screade, SHRED] 1. a cloth used to wrap a corpse for burial; winding sheet 2. something that covers, protects, or screens; veil; shelter 3. any of a set of ropes… …   English World dictionary

  • Shroud — Shroud, v. i. To take shelter or harbor. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] If your stray attendance be yet lodged, Or shroud within these limits. Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Shroud — Shroud, v. t. To lop. See {Shrood}. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • shroud — ► NOUN 1) a length of cloth or an enveloping garment in which a dead person is wrapped for burial. 2) a thing that envelops or obscures. 3) technical a protective casing or cover. 4) (shrouds) a set of ropes forming part of the rigging of a… …   English terms dictionary

  • Shroud — Shroud. См. Кожух. (Источник: «Металлы и сплавы. Справочник.» Под редакцией Ю.П. Солнцева; НПО Профессионал , НПО Мир и семья ; Санкт Петербург, 2003 г.) …   Словарь металлургических терминов

  • shroud — I verb adumbrate, becloud, befog, blanket, bury, cloak, closet, conceal, cover, curtain, darken, eclipse, encase, ensconce, envelop, enwrap, hide, mask, muffle, obscure, overshadow, protect, render invisible, screen, seclude, sheathe, shelter,… …   Law dictionary

  • shroud — vb *cover, overspread, envelop, wrap, veil Analogous words: *hide, conceal, screen, bury: cloak, mask, camouflage, *disguise …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • shroud — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun ADJECTIVE ▪ burial, funeral, mourning VERB + SHROUD ▪ wrap sb in ▪ A human form lay there, wrapped in a shroud. PREPOSI …   Collocations dictionary


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