\ 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

The smoke followed, sinking in a thick shroud to the city streets for a mile or two around the Monument, as the crowds put their hats and shirts to their noses and mouths, wandering through the haze that had descended upon Washington. Osita Nwanevu, The New Yorker, "Cutouts of J.F.K., Jr., Tanks, and Adulation at Trump’s “Salute to America”," 6 July 2019 For several days, the team observed M87 in short radio wavelengths, because radio waves can pierce the murky shrouds of dust and gas surrounding galactic centers. National Geographic, "First-ever picture of a black hole unveiled," 10 Apr. 2019 In a green burial, the body typically is wrapped in a shroud or laid in a wicker basket and placed in a grave dug by hand. Jasmine Johnson, Twin Cities, "‘Everything is biodegradable, including you.’ A Catholic cemetery in Mendota Heights offers green burial.," 20 July 2019 The star system includes a Jupiter-size planet called PDS 70b, which has vacuumed up a gap in the dusty shroud surrounding its small, six-million-year-old home star. Nadia Drake, National Geographic, "Alien moon likely seen forming in first-of-its-kind picture," 12 July 2019 For all these nights, sitting in the rocking chair, a needle in my hand, a candle burning on the porch, all of this felt empty while my family was not whole, as maybe Penelope felt, weaving that shroud. Kevin Fisher-paulson,, "Fisher-Paulson: Steady hands needed for the threads of life," 2 July 2019 Hidden beneath purple shrouds, all had a small amount of cash and their I.D.s in their pockets. Chris Harris,, "Heaven's Gate Survivor Desperately Tried to Pull Girlfriend Out of Cult Before Mass Suicide," 14 June 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Partisanship and Partying in the Senate By Suzy Khimm While most of Washington was still shrouded in darkness, the Senate gathered early this morning to pass its health-care-reform bill, split along partisan lines in a 60-39 vote. Newsweek, "Amazing Photos of Bioluminescent Phytoplankton," 14 Mar. 2018 Unfortunately, however, Mueller’s argument was shrouded in legalese. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "What to Expect from the Mueller Hearings," 23 July 2019 The story of the Soviet N1 rocket and the wider lunar program in the USSR is still shrouded in mystery, especially compared to the Apollo program. Anatoly Zak, Popular Mechanics, "Why Didn't the Soviets Ever Make It to the Moon?," 22 July 2019 But several hundred yards away, a road thickly shrouded in vegetation was untouched. New York Times, "California, Wary of More Wildfires, Is Paying for Them Already," 22 July 2019 Dighton Rock State Park; Berkley, Massachussetts Dighton Rock is shrouded in mystery. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, "Eight Spots in the United States Where You Can See Petroglyphs," 18 July 2019 The trees have also shrouded three sides of the pyramid. 4 trees to come down Following an April study of the 51 trees at the Tempe Municipal Complex, an arborist recommended that the four trees near the council chambers be removed. Paulina Pineda, azcentral, "4 massive ficus trees surrounding Tempe City Hall to be cut down," 3 July 2019 For much of the morning, the triangle was shrouded in fog, invisible to the growing throng of revelers below. Steve Rubenstein,, "SF Pride Weekend kicks into gear with pink triangle installation, Dyke March," 29 June 2019 Her life and tennis career were shrouded in theater and drama. Jon Wertheim And Jacob Feldman,, "The Incomparable Life and Mysterious Death of Suzanne Lenglen," 27 June 2019

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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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a usually brief trip or an expedition

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