\ 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 In contrast, without regulation, political ads on social networks can hide behind a cloak of secrecy. Ari Lightman, The Conversation, "On TV, political ads are regulated – but online, anything goes," 21 Nov. 2019 On Halloween 1968, a group of female protesters in black cloaks and pointy hats from a group called WITCH (Women’s International Terrorist Conspiracy from Hell) took over Wall Street to protest capitalism. Sofia Quaglia, Quartz, "Women are invoking the witch to find their power in a patriarchal society," 31 Oct. 2019 Women were buying red cloaks and white bonnets on Amazon, leaving four- and five-star reviews with tongue-in-cheek Gilead greetings. Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, "Margaret Atwood Expands the World of “The Handmaid’s Tale”," 5 Sep. 2019 For instance, the iconic handmaid uniforms of bright red cloaks and white bonnets that obscure their faces were inspired by the image on a container of Old Dutch Cleanser. Hillel Italie,, "Margaret Atwood revisits Gilead in ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ sequel, ‘The Testaments'," 3 Sep. 2019 Le Roux, hoping to protect himself with a cloak of state immunity, had schemed for years to obtain diplomatic passports. Evan Ratliff, WIRED, "Was Bitcoin Created by This International Drug Dealer? Maybe!," 16 July 2019 The social worker, civil rights leader and community organizer died in a Waterbury hospital on Nov. 22, 2018, under a cloak of silence and no public notice., "Nov. 8, 2019: Never underestimate a great hat," 8 Nov. 2019 For her part, Swift, too, is trying to pursue financial goals under the cloak of virtue. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Taylor Swift’s Oddly Personal Contract Dispute," 2 July 2019 Meg Vogel, Cincinnati Under the cloak of a darkened gymnasium and a movie, a former Springboro Schools gym teacher called girls over to him individually, the girls' attorney said. Sheila Vilvens,, "Judge: Nature of charges against former Springboro gym teacher 'overwhelmingly concerning'," 20 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Here’s what gusto looks like: two fresh beef patties cloaked in gobs of melted cheddar with good smokehouse bacon and a pair of fried tomato slices. Mike Sutter,, "52 Weeks of Burgers: Big Lou’s Burgers & BBQ," 8 Nov. 2019 Area 51 is a military base in use since the 1940s that is primarily used for testing military aircraft and has been cloaked in secrecy for decades. Los Angeles Times, "Storming Area 51 started as a joke. But it’s a mystery as to how many will show up," 22 Aug. 2019 There's a burning rivalry here, but it's cloaked under smiles and passive aggression — not unlike how the women of Desperate Housewives operated when confronted with mean PTA moms and nosy neighbors. Kaitlin Reilly,, "With Grand Hotel, Eva Longoria Puts More Women Behind The Camera — & More Man Candy In Front Of It," 15 June 2019 It was once cloaked in lush forests but huge expanses have been cleared by loggers and to make way for roads, fields and vast rubber plantations. Sarah Lazarus, CNN, "'Barbaric' snares are wiping out Southeast Asia's wild animals," 16 Oct. 2019 Some are explicitly informative; others are cloaked in entertainment. The Economist, "Thailand takes unusual steps to improve sex education," 10 Oct. 2019 Virtually every aspect of the clemency process is cloaked in secrecy. Sun Sentinel Editorial Board,, "Florida’s clemency system is a mess that needs fixing now | Editorial," 3 Oct. 2019 The whistleblower’s identity remains obscured, the details of his work for the CIA cloaked in secrecy. oregonlive, "Whistleblower meticulously gathered material, sparking political firestorm," 27 Sep. 2019 Shrewd business move cloaked in trademark wildcard tycoon panache, or detrimental roster building mistake? Conor Orr,, "Ezekiel Elliott and Jerry Jones Remain Tightly Locked in Contract Dispute," 30 Aug. 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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The first known use of cloak was in the 13th century

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2 Dec 2019

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“Cloak.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 5 December 2019.

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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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