\ 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

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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 There was a heavy security presence as the protesters, mostly hailing from the capital but also Iraq’s southern provinces, walked on foot to an assembly point in Baghdad’s Jadriya neighborhood, waving Iraqi flags and wearing symbolic white shrouds. Time, "Hundreds Gather in Baghdad to Demand American Troops Leave," 24 Jan. 2020 The Chilango burger wasn’t pretty, anchored by beef wrapped in a white shroud of Oaxaca cheese like a lazy lucha libre mask. Mike Sutter,, "Review: The Cove restaurant balances great burgers, fish tacos, vegetarian dishes and beer in San Antonio’s Five Points," 16 Jan. 2020 When the shroud lifted, three-quarters of all the species on Earth, including many dinosaurs, were dead. National Geographic, "How the dinosaur-killing asteroid primed Earth for modern life," 16 Jan. 2020 The card’s shroud is aluminum and features RGB LED lighting. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Intel already has a working DG1 'Xe' graphics card, but it's only for developers," 9 Jan. 2020 Her abaya, the all-black shroud that is the customary attire for women in Saudi Arabia, stayed home. Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times, "Saudi women, bucking tradition, forgo abaya," 22 Sep. 2019 When the horse was unwrapped from its white shroud of protective plastic, curators carefully brushed on wax to cover any scuffs. Washington Post, "In the capital of the Confederacy, a new monument and a chance to change the narrative," 10 Dec. 2019 Though Kanye West hovered over 2019 like a sentient burial shroud, other artists took a less self-hagiographic approach to their projects and personas. The Atlantic, "The 18 Best Albums of 2019," 10 Dec. 2019 Nails found around the woman’s skeleton suggest she was buried in a coffin, but the child appears to have been simply wrapped in a shroud before being placed in the ground. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Archaeologists Discover Medieval Woman and Child’s Skeletons at the Tower of London," 24 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The decision to use the app is shrouded in party secrecy. Amrita Khalid, Quartz, "Why apps don’t belong anywhere near elections," 5 Feb. 2020 Each time that the pair meets up, their conversation is shrouded in innuendo and double entendre. Ineye Komonibo,, "The Plot Twist In The Rhythm Section Just Wasn’t Twisty Enough," 31 Jan. 2020 The parts that are shrouded in mystery and the conspiracy theories have mostly been related to Netaji (Subhas Chandra Bose, who led the INA). Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "“Thankfully there’s no censorship on OTT, but sensationalism will only provoke authorities”," 23 Jan. 2020 The family finances are shrouded in mystery and the questions that surround them apply not just to the Sussexes but to the Windsors as a whole. David Mcclure, Town & Country, "How Realistic is Financial Independence for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle?," 11 Jan. 2020 Over her shoulder, the sweeping view of the National Mall is shrouded in wintry clouds. Time, "'We've Upped the Ante.' Why Nancy Pelosi Is Going All in Against Trump," 9 Jan. 2020 Stores along Nathan Road, normally crowded with evening shoppers and tourists, closed their doors as the police moved into the area, charging into passers-by caught up in a melee that was shrouded in clouds of tear gas. Andrew Higgins, New York Times, "Hong Kong Protesters Defy Beijing Warnings, as Police Fire Tear Gas," 10 Aug. 2019 So how did Roose eventually crack the code on a practice that is largely shrouded in secrecy? Laney Pope, CNN, "How did the NYT's Kevin Roose crack YouTube's algorithm? By watching a YouTube video," 14 June 2019 Her family was again praying that she and her youngest child, Leo, 5, would be spared by the hijackers of the West German jetliner that now was shrouded by night in Somalia. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: Santee woman and son freed after hijacking ordeal on this day in 1977," 18 Oct. 2019

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

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10 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Shroud.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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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



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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