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cloak

noun \ ˈklōk \
Updated on: 4 Dec 2017

Definition of cloak

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

Examples of cloak in a Sentence

  1. Their plans were shrouded in a cloak of secrecy.

  2. the cloak of mystery that surrounds the royal family

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Origin and Etymology of cloak

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


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cloak

verb

Definition of cloak

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

Examples of cloak in a Sentence

  1. the outlaw nation had cloaked its chemical weapons plant as a fertilizer factory

  2. cloaked their military maneuvers from the outside world

Recent Examples of cloak from the Web

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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

CLOAK Defined for English Language Learners

cloak

noun

Definition of cloak for English Language Learners

  • : 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


cloak

verb

Definition of cloak for English Language Learners

  • : to cover (someone or something)

  • : to hide or disguise (something)


CLOAK Defined for Kids

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cloak

noun \ ˈklōk \

Definition of cloak for Students

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

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cloak

verb

Definition of cloak for Students

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


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