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From Latin sindon (possibly by way of Old French syndone and sindone), from Ancient Greek σινδών (sindṓn),[1] from Late Egyptian šndy(t), from earlier šnḏwt (kilt).


sindon (plural sindons)

  1. (obsolete or historical) A fine thin linen muslin or cambric cloth.
  2. (obsolete or historical) A piece of such cloth, particularly
    1. A shroud of such cloth.
    2. (ecclesiastical) The shroud of Jesus following the crucifixion.
    3. (ecclesiastical) The corporal: the cloth placed beneath the eucharist.
    4. A garment or wrapper of such cloth.
      • 1626, Francis Bacon, New Atlantis, 10:
        There were found in it a Book, and a Letter; Both... wrapped in Sindons of Linnen.
    5. (medicine) A wad, roll, or pledget of such cloth, usually doused with medicine, used to fill open wounds during surgery.

Derived terms[edit]


  1. ^ Oxford English Dictionary, 1st ed. "sindon, n." Oxford University Press (Oxford), 1911.



sindon f (genitive sindōnis); third declension

  1. muslin


Third declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative sindon sindōnēs
genitive sindōnis sindōnum
dative sindōnī sindōnibus
accusative sindōnem sindōnēs
ablative sindōne sindōnibus
vocative sindon sindōnēs


  • sindon in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • sindon in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers