\ 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

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 In June, the typical winter cloak of clouds over the polar region should dissipate, leaving the south cap shining brilliantly and undergoing spectacular changes during its rapid springtime thaw. Joe Rao,, "Mars Makes Its Closest Approach in 15 Years This Summer: How to See It," 29 May 2018 The psychological torment that roams this earth feels like a cloak designed to conceal the deepest truths. Chris Jones,, "Guilt and ambition have to fight it out in every 'Macbeth,' even this thriller by Teller," 4 May 2018 Milano wore the red cloak and white hat donned by women from Margaret Atwood’s 1987 novel-turned-Hulu show. Brian Flood, Fox News, "Alyssa Milano's 'Handmaid's Tale' fail: Actress mocked online over Brett Kavanaugh protest garb," 20 Aug. 2018 Every day felt like a heavy cloak of darkness, devoid of air. Lakeisha Fleming, CNN, "Christianity and depression: It's complicated," 20 May 2018 My brain knew that the thin, slightly pixelated figure in a shadowy cloak was just a digital character in a VR headset. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Chained mixes virtual reality and live actors to tell a dark Christmas tale," 5 Dec. 2018 As is his custom with guests, Francis gave Macron a medal depicting St. Martin of Tours, who gave his cloak to a poor man. Washington Post, "Pope and Macron meet at Vatican, discuss migration," 26 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Still, the scale of the problem in India remains unclear, 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 Citing sources since the transaction hasn’t been posted by Miami-Dade County records keepers, the site says the buyer’s identity is cloaked by a Delaware corporation, 101 PC Holdings LLC. Jose Lambiet, miamiherald, "Russian oligarch sells Beach penthouse for $9.53 million," 30 May 2018 In it, cloaked figures cross a desert trying to reach a distant mountain, and players communicate with each other through movements and chirplike sounds rather than with words. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "In London, Videogames Ascend into the Art World," 3 Aug. 2018 Then, Margiela offered up a similar take on ethereal masquerade makeup with gazes cloaked in abstract veils of matte white pigment. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "7 Couture Beauty Looks That Defined the Paris Runways," 24 Jan. 2019 Sure, there will be crowds, but the opportunity to see the grand old palace cloaked in snow is worth the trip alone. Lale Arikoglu, Condé Nast Traveler, "What to Do in Berlin in November 2018," 2 Nov. 2018 That statement too, however, comes cloaked in caveats. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "Inside the Enduring Mystery of What Happened to Russia's Imperial Jewelry," 1 Nov. 2018 And when the decibel level from the 20,028 at Wells Fargo Center increased, so too did the sheepish smile, offering a glimpse of the person cloaked by the captaincy. Sam Donnellon,, "Playoffs finally assured, Flyers' Claude Giroux allows himself a smile | Sam Donnellon," 7 Apr. 2018

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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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The first known use of cloak was in the 13th century

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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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to mark by some ceremony or observation

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