- coarse cloth such as sacking
- garments made of such cloth, worn formerly to indicate mourning or penitence
- sackcloth and ashes ⇒ a public display of extreme grief, remorse, or repentance
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
- Idiomsin sackcloth and ashes, [uncountable] in a state of deep sorrow for what one has done.
- Textilescoarse cloth worn as a sign of mourning or penitence.
- Idiomsin sackcloth and ashes, in a state of repentance or sorrow;
contrite:She would be in sackcloth and ashes for days over every trifling error she made.
see sack1, cloth
- Textilesstrong, roughly woven material of hemp, etc., used for sacks. Also called sackcloth.
- Textilesstout, coarse woven material of hemp, jute, or the like, chiefly for sacks. Also called sackcloth.
- sack1 + -ing1 1580–90