cloak

noun
\ˈklōk \

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

cloak

verb
cloaked; cloaking; cloaks

Definition of cloak (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

Keep scrolling for more

Choose the Right Synonym for cloak

Verb

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
See More

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Services are announced last-minute and held in different locations each week, often under the cloak of darkness. Yanan Wang, The Seattle Times, "‘We must pay so dearly’: China’s churches raided, silenced," 7 Aug. 2018 In one room of the Berber Museum is a boy's hooded goat hair shepherd's cloak. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "T&C Travel: Best of Morocco," 30 Mar. 2015 Our protagonist, Dag Calhoun, has retired from the cloak-and-dagger world. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Borderless shows us the tech-fueled nightmare that we’ve all created," 8 Nov. 2018 The fact that his character is completely bad news hasn’t stopped AHS: Apocalypse fans from going nuts for him, with his blond locks, black cloaks, and penchant for velvet. Nadra Nittle, Vox, "American Horror Story fans are dressing like the show’s seductive Antichrist," 24 Oct. 2018 From the specific color palettes and details of the crowns, cloaks, uniforms, and designs worn by the characters to the isiXhosa (one of South Africa's 11 official languages) the Wakandans spoke, gave the movie a healthy dose of verisimilitude. 7. Nicole Blades, Good Housekeeping, "7 Reasons Why All Parents Should Take Their Kids to See "Black Panther"," 7 Mar. 2018 The star on the cloaks includes a saltire, which resembles St. Andrew's cross, and a medallion featuring a bejeweled thistle. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince William's Super Ornate Outfit in Scotland Is Full of Royal Symbolism," 6 July 2018 Details on the cloak will be revealed during the Acoustical Society of America annual meeting held this week in Minneapolis. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "'Star Trek' tech gets real: Cloaking device conceals objects, Penn State researchers say," 10 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Meanwhile, Yosemite National Park is a ghost town as smoke from a raging forest fire cloaks the park and its most famous attractions. Marc Vartabedian, WSJ, "Wildfire Drives Tourists From Yosemite, Takes Local Economy With It," 27 July 2018 Like the Catholic Church, these parents say, the Mormon Church needs to be exposed for working to cloak the crimes of a community member against young children. Julie Zauzmer, Washington Post, "Sexual abuse case against Mormon Church begins in West Virginia," 18 Jan. 2018 One of Kipping's biggest concerns with this approach is mountain-cloaking clouds. Bob Henderson, Scientific American, "Exoplanet Everests May Be Detectable When Giant Telescopes Come Online," 1 May 2018 Gallops Island is silent now, but traces of the tragedy that once cloaked this former quarantine station in Boston Harbor are resurfacing from its eroding soil. Brian Macquarrie, BostonGlobe.com, "Winter weather helped uncover a dark past on Gallops Island," 3 May 2018 His community overlaps with a movement of Internet-savvy reactionaries who cloak bigotry in ironic memes and pop-culture references. Adrian Chen, The New Yorker, "Ice Poseidon’s Lucrative, Stressful Life as a Live Streamer," 8 Dec. 2014 In 2011 President Obama’s trade office, cloaked in secrecy, blocked the appointment of Washington trade lawyer Jennifer Hillman to a second term on the appellate body. Greg Rushford, WSJ, "Trump’s War on the WTO," 4 July 2018 The promotion of xenophobia and the reckless abuse of children, cloaked by the veneer of a warped pseudo-biblical patriotism, makes a mockery of both American and Judeo-Christian values. Rabbi Asher Knight - Special To The Observer Editorial Board, charlotteobserver, "Republicans are abusing religion to defend their abuse of children," 19 June 2018 The Israeli military has said its soldiers adhere to the rules of engagement to defend Israeli civilians and security infrastructure from attacks cloaked by the protests. Ilan Ben Zion, Jewish Journal, "Rights group: Israeli lethal force in Gaza may be war crime," 13 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'cloak.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of cloak

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1509, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cloak

Noun

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about cloak

Statistics for cloak

Last Updated

2 Dec 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for cloak

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

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for cloak

cloak

noun

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

cloak

verb

English Language Learners Definition of cloak (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cover (someone or something)

: to hide or disguise (something)

cloak

noun
\ˈklōk \

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.

cloak

verb
cloaked; cloaking

Kids Definition of cloak (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on cloak

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with cloak

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for cloak

Spanish Central: Translation of cloak

Nglish: Translation of cloak for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of cloak for Arabic Speakers

Comments on cloak

What made you want to look up cloak? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

amusing and light sparring with words

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Late Autumn 2018 Words of the Day Quiz

  • frosted-autumn-leaves
  • Which is a synonym of yahoo?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!