\ 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

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 My good health was a cloak, shielding me from thinking about illness and letting me walk in denial. Fiona Tapp, SELF, "What It’s Like to Fill in the Gaps in Your Health History When You’re Adopted," 18 Jan. 2019 Democrat Kamala Harris pushed Sandberg about how much money Facebook made from Russian cloak-and-daggery during the 2016 election. Peter Kafka, Recode, "Jack Dorsey survived his grueling day in D.C.," 5 Sep. 2018 After 13 months, the stress from all of her cloak-and-dagger dealings became so intense that the 38-year-old mom came down with shingles (a disease that usually strikes the old and frail). Blake Miller, Redbook, "Are You or Your Partner Committing Financial Infidelity?," 21 Jan. 2012 The senior Trump staffer under the cloak of anonymity spends a wildly unflattering tale of a president supposedly unhinged from reality making impulsive decisions that supposedly blindside and frustrate top officials and perpetual damage control. Fox News, "Kellyanne Conway reacts to anonymous 'resistance' NYT op-ed," 5 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Salón San Luis The dance floor at this old-school salon, cloaked in red light, comes alive as locals, tourists, and old timers twirl and shuffle to the tunes of a live band. Condé Nast Traveler, "23 Best Things To Do In Mexico City," 4 Mar. 2018 Vásquez, with long dark hair that cloaks somber eyes, had dropped out of school in second grade to work as a live-in domestic servant in San Salvador, El Salvador's capital city. Juan Carlos, Marie Claire, "This Is What a World Without Reproductive Rights Would Be Like," 25 Apr. 2016 The origins of the anti-Edgemoor variety are still cloaked in secrecy. Steve Vockrodt, kansascity, "Et tu, Edgemoor? Turns out developer had its own robo call about KCI ‘misinformation’," 22 Jan. 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 boil down or concentrate

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