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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The saint, wrapped in a black cloak or shroud, floats on the river’s surface, his body lapped by little feathery waves. Holland Cotter, New York Times, "‘Painted in Mexico’: When a New Art Flourished Far From Mother Spain," 10 May 2018 Republican lawmakers push back as president shifts on issues Congressional elections will be test of Trump’s influence President Donald Trump’s cloak of political invincibility within the Republican Party is showing signs of fraying. Sahil Kapur, Bloomberg.com, "On Guns and Immigration, Trump’s Power Over GOP Shows Limits," 2 Mar. 2018 The country legally requires women to cover themselves while in public by wearing an abaya, a loosefitting cloak. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, "A Saudi fashion show skipped the models and showed dresses using drones," 7 June 2018 According to the the board’s opinion documents, it is outfitted with an industrial kitchen, a cloak room and a dining room that seats more than 120. Libby Solomon, baltimoresun.com, "Judge won't delay teardown order for Towson Chabad, but building still stands," 9 Apr. 2018 The general’s red cloak, instead of billowing around him, is wrapped tightly around his face, in an apparent reference to France’s 2010 ban on face coverings in public places. Annalisa Quinn, New York Times, "In Paris, Banksy Spreads a Trail of Graffiti, and Rumors," 26 June 2018 The exterior is a multicultural monument, expressing cultural diversity instead of concealing it beneath a cloak of orthodox neoclassicism or modernism. Blair Kamin, chicagotribune.com, "The national African-American museum still stirs the soul — and drops hints of what to expect at the Obama Presidential Center," 11 July 2018 The figure, wrapped in a swirl of billowing cloak, is powerfully muscled. Christopher Knight, latimes.com, "Out of the shadows and into the light: 'Chiaroscuro Woodcut' is a sleeper hit at LACMA," 5 July 2018 That cloak of privilege and impunity was torn away Tuesday when anti-corruption police arrested him at his posh Kuala Lumpur home. Fox News, "Ex-Malaysia leader's arrest part of a swift fall from grace," 4 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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. Fox News, "Rights group: Israeli lethal force in Gaza may be war crime," 13 June 2018 The Coolidges had received a series of threatening letters, so the president was likely concerned for his son’s safety—but perhaps cloaked beneath the veneer of security was Coolidge’s underlying exasperation with his son’s continued shenanigans. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "For His Patriotic Birthday, Five Facts About Calvin Coolidge," 2 July 2018 The bones of this movie are awfully familiar, but Ramsay and Phoenix cloak them in dazzling new skin. Ty Burr, BostonGlobe.com, "From ‘Black Panther’ to ‘Lean on Pete,’ the best movies of 2018 . . . so far," 28 June 2018

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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

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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.

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