\ 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

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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 This issue unfortunately arises with other Air Force tankers too; Boeing elected to change the color of the shroud on the boom to increase contrast with the receiving aircraft. Loren Thompson, Forbes, 4 June 2021 As more people in the U.S. become vaccinated, the shroud of the pandemic seems to be lifting. NBC News, 19 May 2021 Beginning with the reflexive shroud of censorship that fell over the nation on Dec. 7, 1941, Mr. Casey describes an uneasy triangle among the military brass, the war reporters and their newspaper editors back home. Jonathan W. Jordan, WSJ, 19 May 2021 But behind the shroud of secrecy that Venezuela has drawn over itself, significant changes occurred within the components of HAMI during 2020. Steve H. Hanke, National Review, 14 Apr. 2021 Extensive forensic and microscopic analysis of the remains and grave suggest that the child was buried soon after death, likely wrapped tightly in a shroud, laid in a fetal position and even provided with some type of pillow. Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 May 2021 Strong as the album is — five poetry settings by Thalken are especially lovely — it inevitably comes wrapped in a shroud of loss. New York Times, 2 May 2021 His references to the war's atrocities and mental and physical costs ring true, helping explain the shroud of silence that enveloped so many returning veterans of the time. Ginny Greene, Star Tribune, 18 Apr. 2021 The decision to leave election law hidden beneath a shroud of doubt is baffling. Michael Lee, Washington Examiner, 14 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Like so many of the new generation German sedans-specifically the Audi 5000 and the larger BMWs-the Mercedes' controls initially felt a bit rubbery, and its shift linkage, while silky in the extreme, tended to shroud the gates into third and fifth. Brock Yates, Car and Driver, 18 May 2021 Chinese courts typically shroud such cases in secrecy so that the authorities can maximize control over the outcomes, said Joshua Rosenzweig, head of Amnesty International’s China team. New York Times, 22 Mar. 2021 Forecasters say the winds will turn sharply onshore over the weekend, preventing San Diego from climbing above 69 on Saturday and 67 on Sunday, when the marine layer could shroud the sun all day at many local beaches. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Apr. 2021 In its most recent move, Hong Kong last week proposed limiting how much companies must disclose about their ownership, which could shroud wealth in a city where the families of the Communist Party’s elite have long parked their money. New York Times, 7 Apr. 2021 This horror/romance starring Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain and Mia Wasikowska centers on a newly married woman who uses her ability to communicate with the dead to solve the mysteries that shroud her new haunted mansion. Travis Bean, Forbes, 3 Apr. 2021 Bloomfield believes that the suspicion and fear that often shroud divination and occult practices stems from the prominence Christianity achieved within Black diasporic communities, particularly in the U.S. and the Caribbean. Stephanie Long,, 28 Feb. 2021 On the ground floor, the entire back wall opens onto a garden, where philodendrons, elephant ears and fern trees shroud a dull concrete retaining wall, as if to erase it. New York Times, 15 Feb. 2021 News of the pandemic, economic collapse and other major events, such as the divisive U.S. election and its aftermath, seemed at times to shroud other important developments around the world. Washington Post, 30 Dec. 2020

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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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12 Jun 2021

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“Shroud.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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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



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

literary : to cover or hide (something)


\ 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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