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

Definition of shroud

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 obsolete : shelter, protection
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
3 : burial garment : winding-sheet, cerement
4a : 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


shrouded; shrouding; shrouds

Definition of shroud (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a archaic : to cover for protection
b obsolete : conceal
2a : 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
3 : to dress for burial

intransitive verb

archaic : to seek shelter

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1 shroud 4a

In the meaning defined above

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Examples of shroud in a Sentence


the truth of the affair will always be hidden under a shroud of secrecy


The mountains were shrouded in fog. Their work is shrouded in secrecy.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Purple shrouds had been draped over their bodies, and cash and I.D.s were found in their pockets. Chris Harris,, "Man Who Left Heaven's Gate Before Mass Suicide Is Haunted by Loved Ones He Lost," 17 June 2019 Though mental illness has subsisted in a shroud of shame and silence, candid conversations are dismantling the stigma. Caryn M. Sullivan, Twin Cities, "Caryn Sullivan: Mental illness: Breaking the silence and making a plan," 9 June 2019 Starting this week, beachcombers from Seattle to San Francisco will find historically low tides peeling back the foamy shroud of choppy surf, unveiling who-knows-what might be lurking below. Patrick May, The Mercury News, "How low can you go? West Coast tides this summer should be astonishing," 3 June 2019 Sapphire has released a 50th anniversary version of its superb Sapphire Radeon RX 590 Nitro+, replacing the card’s typical shroud with a brilliant golden variant. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "AMD celebrates its 50th anniversary with blinged-out Ryzen 7 2700X and Radeon VII Gold Editions," 29 Apr. 2019 Chicago Police said the decree is a shroud for even more anti-police policies in the windy city. Matt Finn, Fox News, "'Blue Wednesday' in Chicago as union takes stand against 'anti-police' Mayor Emanuel," 23 May 2018 Three children with blond hair and gold burial shrouds to match, At this point, Maggie the Frog is 3-0. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "Is Cersei Really Pregnant on 'Game of Thrones'?," 16 Apr. 2019 Reinforced fabric shrouds will be hung from frames that contractors can move along the route to protect building walls and windows. Mike Lindblom, The Seattle Times, "Seattle’s big demolition spectacle: How crews plan to pulverize the Alaskan Way Viaduct," 5 Dec. 2018 The weapons appear trailer-mounted, normally concealed inside an armored shroud. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia Deploys New Ground-Based Laser Weapon," 5 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Meghan Markle's due date remains shrouded in a degree of mystery, but it's widely believed that baby Sussex will arrive sometime in April. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Why Prince William Might Miss the Birth of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Baby," 3 Apr. 2019 But the larger-than-life rock legend seemed to bring a welcome change in the weather, with the clouds that have shrouded San Diego for much of June (and nearly all of Friday) clearing Saturday afternoon. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Paul McCartney transcends and defines time at marathon Petco Park concert," 23 June 2019 Due to the secrecy shrouded over everything to do with North Korea, CNN cannot independently verify the numbers. Helen Regan And Jake Kwon, CNN, "China is cracking down on safe houses used by North Korean defectors, activists say," 20 June 2019 Normally, the biggest emphasis is to make Ru’s waist look as small as possible, and to kind of shroud it halfway. Gregory Ellwood,, "When dressing RuPaul for ‘Drag Race,’ rules don’t apply — but certain needs do," 12 June 2019 With morning fog shrouding space launch complex 4-East at Vandenberg Air Force Base, the Falcon 9 thundered to life at 7:17 a.m. PDT (10:17 EDT), its nine Merlin 1D engines throttling up to full power with a brilliant rush of flame. William Harwood, CBS News, "SpaceX launches 3 satellites to monitor Canadian territory, impact of climate change," 12 June 2019 While most of 2019 has been spent layering on moisturizers and shrouding wind-chapped faces with cashmere scarves, it’s officially time to put your best face forward. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Spring-Clean Your Skin! 4 Expert-Approved Ways to Purge Winter From Every Last Pore," 25 Mar. 2019 The importance of the trigger finger is why snipers go to such lengths to keep their forefingers shrouded and unbruised, and why so many cut the finger off a glove to better connect with their weapon. Azad Cudi, Harper's magazine, "Long Shot," 10 Jan. 2019 The contents of a 19th-century time capsule uncovered in Plymouth, Mass. continue to be shrouded in mystery. James Rogers, Fox News, "Mystery swirls around damaged 1881 time capsule," 3 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of shroud


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for shroud


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

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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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