shroud

noun
\ ˈshrau̇d How to pronounce shroud (audio) , especially Southern ˈsrau̇d \

Definition of shroud

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : burial garment : winding-sheet, cerement
2 : something that covers, screens, or guards: such as
a : one of two flanges that give peripheral support to turbine or fan bedding
b : a guard (as of ceramic or fiberglass) that protects a spacecraft from the heat of launching
3a : one of the ropes leading usually in pairs from a ship's mastheads to give lateral support to the masts
b : one of the cords that suspend the harness of a parachute from the canopy
4 obsolete : shelter, protection

shroud

verb
shrouded; shrouding; shrouds

Definition of shroud (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to cut off from view : obscure trees shrouded by fog this point is shrouded in uncertainty— Henry James
b : to veil under another appearance (as by obscuring or disguising) shrouded the decision in a series of formalities
2 : to dress for burial
3a archaic : to cover for protection
b obsolete : conceal

intransitive verb

archaic : to seek shelter

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Noun

1 shroud 3a

In the meaning defined above

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Examples of shroud in a Sentence

Noun the truth of the affair will always be hidden under a shroud of secrecy Verb The mountains were shrouded in fog. Their work is shrouded in secrecy.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun According to the Athens Banner-Herald, Dye wanted a simple burial, and he was laid to rest in a white shroud. J.d. Crowe | Jdcrowe@al.com, al, "Thanks, Coach: Tribute to beloved Auburn legend Pat Dye," 7 June 2020 According to the report, in lieu of a casket, Dye was buried in a simple white shroud. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, "Auburn icon Pat Dye laid to rest under tree grown from Toomer’s Oak," 3 June 2020 The first month’s salary is for the uniform; the second month’s, for the shroud. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "Heroism, War, and Hell," 20 Apr. 2020 Even with the shroud of coronavirus taking us down in shocking numbers, no one in Michigan was numb to the news that arrived with a gasp Monday afternoon: Al Kaline is gone. Mitch Albom, Detroit Free Press, "Mitch Albom: Al Kaline takes his bow. His legend will live forever.," 7 Apr. 2020 Blitz gallery opened in a town house, empty for three decades, belonging to founder Alexandra Pace's grandparents; shows have included shroud-like 3D sculptures by Maltese artist Kane Cali. Rick Jordan, Condé Nast Traveler, "In Malta, Roman Ruins and Natural Wine Bars Sit Side by Side," 21 May 2020 His first trial ended with a hung jury; his second carried on with a heavy shroud of secrecy as suppression orders limited what could be reported or even scrutinized. BostonGlobe.com, "Australian court overturns sex abuse conviction of Cardinal George Pell," 7 Apr. 2020 His first trial ended with a hung jury; his second carried on with a heavy shroud of secrecy as suppression orders limited what could be reported or even scrutinized. BostonGlobe.com, "Australian court overturns sex abuse conviction of Cardinal George Pell," 7 Apr. 2020 His first trial ended with a hung jury; his second carried on with a heavy shroud of secrecy as suppression orders limited what could be reported or even scrutinized. New York Times, "George Pell Freed After Australian Court Overturns Sex Abuse Conviction," 6 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The indictment maintains that Martono has earned more than $21 million from his website and used any number of cyber tricks and a third-party gift card reseller to shroud the money transfers. Sharon Grigsby, Dallas News, "Feds rescue a 13-year-old girl from sex trafficker and take down online successor to Dallas’ notorious Backpage site," 24 June 2020 At the time, Capilouto agreed to shroud the mural again and promised to engage in a longer-term conversation about how to address the students' concerns about that and other issues. Morgan Watkins, The Courier-Journal, "UK president says he will remove mural depicting slavery from campus," 5 June 2020 The movie also included what can be seen, in retrospect, as the granddaddy of spoilers -- shrouding all future iterations in secrecy -- before that term was commonly used. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'The Empire Strikes Back' at 40: How the sequel launched 'Star Wars' into the future," 21 May 2020 Prospective running mates appear more and more to be shedding their fake reluctance — or not bothering to shroud their ambition in faux nonchalance. Mark Leibovich, New York Times, "The End of ‘Who Me? For V.P.?’ Politics," 19 May 2020 And even though politics and ambiguity shrouded the move, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration prioritized enforcement against some e-cigarette products that particularly appeal to kids. Marika Waselewski, The Conversation, "Juuling among US youth is about the cool factor, new study suggests," 7 May 2020 As part of a concentrated, six-month effort that began in October, crews planted more than 8,500 trees in an attempt to shroud 40 percent of the city under tree canopy by 2032. John D. Harden, Washington Post, "D.C. is planting nearly 100 trees a day to reach a canopy target. It’s running out of space.," 27 Mar. 2020 But its impact on the pandemic is unclear and shrouded in secrecy: The White House, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the companies involved have declined to disclose where supplies have been delivered. Anchorage Daily News, "White House’s pandemic relief effort, Project Airbridge, is swathed in secrecy and exaggerations," 11 May 2020 Many are unpopulated, and most are shrouded in mystery, guarded furiously by officials to prevent trespassing and vandalism. John Hirschauer, National Review, "New York City’s Island of the Dead," 28 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of shroud

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 3a

History and Etymology for shroud

Noun

Middle English, garment, from Old English scrūd; akin to Old English scrēade shred — more at shred entry 1

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The first known use of shroud was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Shroud.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shroud. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for shroud

shroud

noun
How to pronounce shroud (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of shroud

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a cloth that is used to wrap a dead body
literary : something that covers or hides something

shroud

verb

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

literary : to cover or hide (something)

shroud

noun
\ ˈshrau̇d How to pronounce shroud (audio) \

Kids Definition of shroud

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the cloth placed over or around a dead body
2 : something that covers or hides a shroud of secrecy

shroud

verb
shrouded; shrouding

Kids Definition of shroud (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cover or hide with or as if with a shroud The road was shrouded in fog.

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