\ 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

Synonyms: Verb

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

Noun Their plans were shrouded in a cloak of secrecy. the cloak of mystery that surrounds the royal family Verb 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 The cloak-and-dagger motif seemed appropriate for Oduye, who playfully describes himself as paranoid. James Queally, Los Angeles Times, 26 Aug. 2021 But the story spins wildly into lots of cloak-and-dagger stuff thereafter, from Tel Aviv to New York. Sandra Gonzalez, CNN, 7 Aug. 2021 For 100 years the film business has been hidden behind the cloak of distributors and has never been able to establish a one to one relationship with movie goers. Lawrence Wintermeyer, Forbes, 1 June 2021 Giving birth or adopting or sheltering a child doesn’t bestow some cloak of immortality on parents. Hillary Kelly, Vulture, 19 May 2021 Fat Tony aimed and fired, and the bulb exploded, dropping a cloak of gray upon them all. Ew Staff,, 12 May 2021 Trump's fabrications spurred Republicans in states such as Georgia and Florida to pass tougher rules on voting under the cloak of election integrity. Star Tribune, 2 July 2021 Trump’s fabrications spurred Republicans in states such as Georgia and Florida to pass tougher rules on voting under the cloak of election integrity. Brian Slodysko And Christina A. Cassidy,, 1 July 2021 There was no Madonna in her blue cloak, no Mary Magdalene in red, but, rather, three Furies from Aeschylus’ Oresteia, gray-white creatures, monstrously truncated, looming from a livid orange background. Joan Acocella, The New Yorker, 17 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Montell argues that these particular momfluencers deliberately cloak misinformation in the accepted language of authority to create a sense of legitimacy. Sara Petersen, Harper's BAZAAR, 26 Aug. 2021 What’s more, extremists use the platform’s features – profiles, hashtags, share functions, video effects and music – to push their ideologies and cloak their activities. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, 24 Aug. 2021 The company's claims cloak threats to millions of users' iCloud, iMessage, and facial verification data. Evan Selinger, Wired, 11 Aug. 2021 The purpose of this setup is two-fold: To allow guests to get a better night's sleep (no rocking and rolling), and to ensure darkness does not cloak the scenery. Will Mcgough, CNN, 16 Aug. 2021 Fungi break rocks, nourish plants, seed clouds, cloak our skin and pack our guts, a mostly hidden and unrecorded world living alongside us and within us. Maryn Mckenna, Scientific American, 19 May 2021 The consistency should cloak the whisk or your finger but slide off, like a loose runny yogurt. Christian Reynoso, San Francisco Chronicle, 24 June 2021 But largely, the band would rather cloak its songs in layers of audio distractions. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 24 June 2021 The mail app will also cloak user IP addresses and other personal information. Dan Patterson, CBS News, 10 June 2021

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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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“Cloak.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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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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