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1cloak

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

1
:  a loose outer garment
2
:  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

2cloak

verb

: 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

1509

Synonym Discussion of CLOAK

disguise, cloak, mask mean to alter the dress or appearance of so as to conceal the identity or true nature. disguise implies a change in appearance or behavior that misleads by presenting a different apparent identity <disguised herself as a peasant>. cloak suggests a means of hiding a movement or an intention <cloaked their maneuvers in secrecy>. mask suggests some often obvious means of hiding or disguising something <smiling to mask his discontent>.
CLOAKED Defined for Kids

1cloak

noun \ˈklōk\

Definition of CLOAK for Kids

1
:  a long loose outer garment
2
:  something that hides or covers <A cloak of secrecy surrounded the meeting.>

2cloak

verb
cloakedcloak·ing

Definition of CLOAK for Kids

:  to cover or hide completely <Night cloaked the fields in darkness.>

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