\ ˈklōk How to pronounce cloak (audio) \

Definition of cloak

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a loose outer garment
2 : something likened to an outer garment: such 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


cloaked; cloaking; cloaks

Definition of cloak (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for cloak

Synonyms: Noun

blanket, cope, cover, covering, coverture, cover-up, curtain, hood, mantle, mask, pall, penumbra, robe, shroud, veil, wraps

Synonyms: Verb

camouflage, disguise, dress up, mask

Antonyms: Verb


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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

Examples of cloak in a Sentence


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


the outlaw nation had cloaked its chemical weapons plant as a fertilizer factory cloaked their military maneuvers from the outside world
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

None of these women is hiding behind a cloak of anonymity. Robin Abcarian,, "If you believed Bill Clinton was a sexual predator, how can you possibly defend Trump?," 25 June 2019 Our desire for cloak-and-daggery disregards how the pro-Union underground operated. Lois Leveen, Time, "She Was Born Into Slavery, Was a Spy and Is Celebrated as a Hero—But We're Missing the Point of the 'Mary Bowser' Story," 19 June 2019 Stir vigorously until cheese dissolves and sauce cloaks pasta. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "30-Minute Pasta With a Superlative Sausage Ragù," 29 Nov. 2018 The drama leading up to the game was strong, under a cloak of mystery. Scott Ostler,, "Warriors squander Willis Reed moment for Klay Thompson, Kevon Looney," 7 June 2019 Handmaids Against Trump, a women’s rights group, stood dressed in red cloaks and white hats, with solemn expressions. Madeline Roache, Time, "While Thousands March, President Trump Dismisses London Protests as 'Fake News'," 4 June 2019 Tilda Swinton appears in character as Madame Blanc, the headmistress of horror at Berlin’s Tanz Dance Academy, in a witchlike cloak. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "The Fall Runways Are Full of Bewitching Clothes, So Let’s Explore Fashion’s Obsession With Horror," 27 Mar. 2019 Senior Democratic lawmakers describe the cloak of secrecy surrounding Trump’s meetings with Putin as unprecedented and disturbing. Greg Miller, The Seattle Times, "Trump has concealed details of his face-to-face encounters with Putin from senior officials in administration," 13 Jan. 2019 Activists increasingly attempt to disguise their values with the cloak of fiduciary responsibility. Phil Gramm And, WSJ, "Keep Politics Out of the Boardroom," 18 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

It might even be cloaked in scrubs, like Dr. Oz – though chastised by the Senate for his quackery. The Conversation, "Confused about what to eat? Science can help," 5 July 2019 His most potent works dwell in the blue-black hues of the twelve hours per day when the bougainvillea and creepers are cloaked in dark. The New York Review of Books, "Joshua Jelly-Schapiro," 5 Apr. 2018 The Wakandan nation, cloaked from the rest of the world, is the most technologically advanced nation on the globe. Mará Rose Williams, kansascity, "Friends raised more than $7,000 to take Kansas City school kids to Black Panther movie | The Kansas City Star," 19 Feb. 2018 Equally important, the system has opened the drug market to public scrutiny, a marked contrast to the secrecy that cloaks the U.S. market. Noam N. Levey,, "German patients get the latest drugs for just $11. Can such a model work in the U.S.?," 19 June 2019 In her second Slow Food Fast recipe, the Minneapolis chef calls for cloaking strips of pork belly in a savory caramel sauce that burnishes to a glossy brown on the grill. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "This Quick Grilling Recipe is the Best Excuse to Eat With Your Hands," 5 June 2019 Still, the problem is cloaked by a powerful culture of silence. Tim Sullivan, The Seattle Times, "AP finds long history of nuns abused by priests in India," 1 Jan. 2019 In later life Franklin also cloaked his militant teenage atheism in the vague mantle of Deism, which was more publicly palatable. Sam Kean, WSJ, "‘Young Benjamin Franklin’ Review: Poor Richard Sows His Oats," 17 Sep. 2018 Unlike Ophelia, the patron saint of moribund allure, the women who cloak themselves in these baleful blooms will not be tragic characters. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "The 7 Biggest Trends of the Fall 2019 Season," 12 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of cloak


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1509, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cloak


Middle English cloke, from Anglo-French cloque bell, cloak, from Medieval Latin clocca bell; from its shape

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English Language Learners Definition of cloak

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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



English Language Learners Definition of cloak (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cover (someone or something)
: to hide or disguise (something)


\ ˈklōk How to pronounce cloak (audio) \

Kids Definition of cloak

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


cloaked; cloaking

Kids Definition of cloak (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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