noun \ˈklōk\

: a piece of clothing that is used as a coat, that has no sleeves, and that is worn over the shoulders and attached at the neck

: a thing that hides or covers someone or something

Full Definition of CLOAK

:  a loose outer garment
:  something likened to an outer garment: as
a :  something that envelops or conceals <a cloak of secrecy>
b :  a distinctive character or role <hung up his academic cloak…to become a stay-at-home father — Charles Chamberlain>

Examples of CLOAK

  1. Their plans were shrouded in a cloak of secrecy.
  2. <the cloak of mystery that surrounds the royal family>

Origin of CLOAK

Middle English cloke, from Anglo-French cloque bell, cloak, from Medieval Latin clocca bell; from its shape
First Known Use: 13th century

Other Clothing Terms

babushka, brogue, bumbershoot, cravat, dishabille, furbelow, layette, raiment, spectator



: to cover (someone or something)

: to hide or disguise (something)

Full Definition of CLOAK

transitive verb
:  to cover or hide with or as if with a cloak

Examples of CLOAK

  1. <the outlaw nation had cloaked its chemical weapons plant as a fertilizer factory>
  2. <cloaked their military maneuvers from the outside world>

First Known Use of CLOAK



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