\ 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

The former state administrator with a love of art opted for a cloak-and-dagger role, posing as an art gallerist in Nice while unifying the southern Resistance. Elaine Ganley,, "An invisible army set the stage for liberation of Paris from Nazis," 22 Aug. 2019 The former state administrator with a love of art opted for a cloak-and-dagger role, posing as an art gallerist in Nice while unifying the southern Resistance. Washington Post, "Invisible army set stage for liberation of Paris from Nazis," 22 Aug. 2019 Whoever is doing the spying, there is little doubt that cloak-and-dagger tactics have buffeted the shrinking Iranian oil trade. Farnaz Fassihi, New York Times, "U.S. Sanctions Turn Iran’s Oil Industry Into Spy vs. Spy," 8 Aug. 2019 In an interview at City Hall with The Oregonian/OregonLive, the pair, who collectively lead Portland’s police force, voiced their toughest stance yet against people using the cloak of free speech as a pretext to brawl on city streets., "Portland mayor and chief warn protest instigators: Expect stern police response," 6 Aug. 2019 From the start, the phenomenon has evoked the idea of an international cloak-and-dagger operation involving clandestine weaponry that has eluded all scientific explanation and hatched countless conspiracy theories. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Brain imaging weirdness adds to Cuba “health attack” mystery," 24 July 2019 Xenophon reported the famous Athenian philosopher Socrates wearing only a single, filthy, thin cloak, aping Spartan fashion. Myke Cole, The New Republic, "The Sparta Fetish Is a Cultural Cancer," 1 Aug. 2019 Trussville police Detective Ben Short said the spree began March 17 when Glover allegedly pulled his truck up to the store in cloak of darkness and started loading up the truck with paper products. Carol Robinson |, al, "Trussville toilet paper bandit rolls up sheets of charges," 30 July 2019 In 1999, Election laid out what would become many a pundit’s thesis about the 2016 campaign: whereas naked ambition has long been praised in men, women need to at least cloak theirs in a layer of sweetness. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "How Reese Witherspoon Built an Empire Out of Blonde Ambition," 31 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Those efforts, the critics said, cloaked an agenda to cut taxes and federal regulations governing business, the environment and other interests, primarily to benefit the Koch family and its enterprises. Robert D. Mcfadden, New York Times, "David Koch, Billionaire Who Fueled Right-Wing Movement, Dies at 79," 23 Aug. 2019 This week, global attention fell on the Amazon rainforest, where widespread fires led to the city of Sao Paulo — the largest metropolis in the Western hemisphere — being cloaked in dark smoke. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "Bolsonaro, Trump and the nationalists ignoring climate disaster," 23 Aug. 2019 To make matters worse, this explosion of sensuality is cloaked in parental silence. Tim Parks, Harper's magazine, "Murder Italian Style," 19 Aug. 2019 Recent snow showers had cloaked the Pine Valley Mountains in bright white, which contrasted sharply with the red dirt of the foothills. James Murren,, "At Utah's Gooseberry Mesa, the joy and power of wilderness prevail," 13 July 2019 Private airports like these are cloaked in mystique and, for the most part, still associated with the Golden Age of travel. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "Everything You've Ever Wanted to Know About Private Airports," 12 July 2019 The dark lines in the spiral arms represent dust, which cloak the stars embedded in it or behind it. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Dazzling new views of the Whirlpool galaxy captured by NASA," 27 June 2019 The siblings can use their cloaking ability to sneak past foes. Gieson Cacho, The Mercury News, "Review: ‘Wolfenstein Youngblood’ a sisterhood of traveling Nazi killers," 9 Aug. 2019 Morrison was brought to a table at the front of the stage cloaked in a red cloth, a small glass of water at its corner. Clint Smith, The New Republic, "The Sound and Silence of Toni Morrison," 6 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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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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