\ 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


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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1 shroud 3a

In the meaning defined above

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun His mother bought a shroud and a small coffin, which stood in a corner of the house for the rest of his youth. Thomas Meaney, The New Republic, 30 Mar. 2022 The new natural-funeral industry—death-positive rites less stiff than embalming, including mushroom-shroud burial suits—is changing that. Antonia Hitchens, The New Yorker, 9 Aug. 2021 Massachusetts is emerging from behind the shroud of COVID-19, a health crisis that fundamentally changed the way people think about work. Shirley Leung,, 29 June 2022 There is a shroud of protection of liability, and as an actor, that is a nightmare. Daniel D'addario, Variety, 13 June 2022 Its main feature, though, is the large shroud that covers the PCB, which is available in black or white. Antony Leather, Forbes, 7 June 2022 In addition to the drum, the team found a clay ball believed to be a child’s toy and a long bone pin that may have once kept a burial shroud in place, the Post reports. Jane Recker, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Feb. 2022 Last month, it was announced that Cronenberg is set to direct The Shrouds, about a grieving widower who builds a device to connect with the dead inside a burial shroud. Clark Collis,, 3 June 2022 Nine days after her death, 20 of Verougstraete’s friends and family sailed out of San Pedro Harbor to bury her body, then wrapped in a white shroud and surrounded by flowers. Los Angeles Times, 12 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The National Weather Service says that June gloom clouds might shroud the coast all the way to Interstate 15. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 June 2022 In a career spanning half a century, Hall was a quintessential character actor, a ubiquitous hangdog face whose doleful appearance could shroud a booming intensity and humble gravitas. Jake Coyle,, 13 June 2022 In a career spanning half a century, Hall was a ubiquitous hangdog face whose doleful, weary appearance could shroud a booming intensity and humble sensitivity. Jake Coyle, Chicago Tribune, 13 June 2022 In a career spanning half a century, Hall was a quintessential character actor, a ubiquitous hangdog face whose doleful appearance could shroud a booming intensity and humble gravitas. CBS News, 13 June 2022 Just as striking, though, are the mists that shroud the water line, sometimes ascending in vaporous columns, and the diffused light that streaks the lake’s surface and highlights the trees’ trunks and leaves. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 3 June 2022 However, the right to information can be violated if individuals are constantly fed lies that shroud the truth. Naveen Joshi, Forbes, 20 Oct. 2021 Stop doom-scrolling and shroud yourself for a couple hours in the mysteries and pleasures of Over the Garden Wall. Rebecca Alter, Vulture, 15 Oct. 2021 Mature plantings start at the street and shroud the stairs to an enclosed front porch with overhead lighting, a beadboard ceiling, and banks of windows., 1 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of shroud


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4


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

History and Etymology for shroud


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

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\ 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


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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