- 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 © 2015
- Idiomsin sackcloth and ashes, [uncountable] in a state of deep sorrow for what one has done.
Textilesstrong, roughly woven material of hemp, etc., used for sacks. Also called sackcloth.