shroud

noun
\ 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

shroud

verb
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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Noun

1 shroud 4a

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

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 Later Disruptive design collective Vetements sent out some models wearing shroud-like hoods intended to allow for private texting. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "A Guide to the Most Wearable—and Unwearable—Men’s Trends for 2019," 24 Jan. 2019 Dromore splinters off a busy thoroughfare, but all the commotion is hidden by a shroud of nature. Rick Rojas, New York Times, "Sisters’ Quiet Life of Prayer Disrupted by an Affordable Housing Fight," 8 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The project was shrouded in so much secrecy that even after signing an ironclad NDA, I was allowed to watch only a portion. Irina Aleksander, Vogue, "Margot Robbie on Quentin Tarantino, Marriage, and the One Word She Hates Being Called," 6 June 2019 The molded loaves sit dutifully in the large flat baskets, shrouded by a linen cloth. Kyre Chenven, Condé Nast Traveler, "For Sardinia’s Wild Side, Head to Sulcis," 12 Oct. 2018 The Indiana War Memorial will be shrouded by scaffolding over the next few months as its roof undergoes repairs. Ethan May, Indianapolis Star, "Why there's scaffolding around much of the Indiana War Memorial," 13 July 2018 On a spring morning last year, in the Keith Creek neighborhood of Rockford, Illinois, Eric Thurmond stopped his patrol car on a street shrouded by trees and veined with cracks. Ben Austen, The New Republic, "How one American city chose to tackle crime, combat racism, and reckon with the legacy of police brutality," 21 June 2018 The home, shrouded by trees, was foreclosed on Jan. 26, according to Canyon County records. Nicole Blanchard And Ruth Brown, idahostatesman, "He left behind 3 dead women & disappeared. Friends, family & the law still seek answers.," 15 June 2018 Welitoff makes what’s far, and here shrouded by haze, harder to let go of. Cate Mcquaid, BostonGlobe.com, "Suara Welitoff’s videos help us see things afresh," 30 May 2018 He'll be shrouded by questions of many wondering what went wrong in K.C. The worst kept secret of the NFL offseason thus far has finally been made public. Conor Orr, SI.com, "Don't Be Quick to Praise the Chiefs for Trading Away Marcus Peters," 23 Feb. 2018 My undereye skin is probably just exceptionally thin, allowing blood vessels to shine through, and the blueness is in turn exacerbated by my bone structure, which shrouds the whole mess in shadows. Alice Gregory, Allure, "I Got Fillers for My Chronic Undereye Circles, and the Results Were Impressive," 28 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of shroud

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

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

History and Etymology for shroud

Noun

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

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More Definitions for shroud

shroud

noun

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

shroud

verb

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

literary : to cover or hide (something)

shroud

noun
\ 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

shroud

verb
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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