\ 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 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 To me, this ship has a history and a story in its own right,’’ 32-year-old Don Heminitz said the other day while at work on the mizzen shrouds, which to a landlubber like me are ropes that help support the masts., "YSTIC, Conn. — He is the captain now of a majestic ship, a 106-foot wooden vessel that has sailed out of the yellowed pages of history and charted a historic course of its own.," 30 Oct. 2019 But the black shroud of doom came tumbling down yesterday in the most improbable victory in the Browns’ new era. Rich Exner,, "Cleveland Browns thrilling 2002 OT win over Tennessee Titans: Browns flashback," 3 Sep. 2019 My stomach had fallen back heavily on itself, a worn cloth, a rag, a shroud, a slab, a door, this void of a stomach. Marguerite Duras, The New Yorker, "The Horror of Such a Love," 9 Sep. 2019 For Alleva and committee members, the shroud covering their plan was yanked free. Ross Dellenger,, "The Story of Tom Herman, Ed Orgeron and LSU's Wild 2016 Coaching Search," 2 Sep. 2019 But Davis's influence is, unmistakably, everywhere, from Jerry Jones's micromanaging to Bill Belichick's shroud of secrecy. Jon Wertheim,, "How the Influence of Al Davis Shaped the Modern NFL," 27 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Tyler Miller, who won a Western Conference-best 34 games the last two seasons, remains unsigned and his future with the team has become shrouded in secrecy. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, "LAFC to open training camp with unfinished business and a depleted roster," 11 Jan. 2020 According to People, Lawrence's Dior gown was so shrouded in secrecy it was kept in its own hotel room the night before the wedding. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jennifer Lawrence's Dior Wedding Gown Was So Secret It Had Its Own Hotel Room," 22 Oct. 2019 Zelensky’s campaign and presidency have been shrouded by concerns about his relationship with oligarch Igor Kolomoisky. Max De Haldevang, Quartz, "Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky is also a former TV star facing scandal," 25 Sep. 2019 Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn are definitely a couple (and possibly about to get engaged), but so much of their relationship is shrouded in secrecy. Glamour, "Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn’s Relationship: A Complete Timeline," 16 Aug. 2019 Meanwhile, the impact of the decision on the lives of ordinary citizens in Kashmir remains contested and shrouded in uncertainty. Isha Dubey, Quartz India, "What is Kashmir’s place in India’s collective memory?," 9 Oct. 2019 Thomas and the Alleged Accounting Cover-up The island of Sodor was shrouded in gloom. Max De Haldevang, Quartz, "Thomas the Tank Engine was allegedly the engine for an accounting cover-up," 7 Nov. 2019 Flags at Cal Fire facilities were lowered to half-staff and uniformed personnel were told to shroud their badges until further notice. Lyndsay Winkley, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego County firefighter dies after suffering medical emergency during training hike," 29 July 2019 Ivy is beginning to shroud the concrete walls that hold elevators and a restaurant-to-be. John King,, "SF’s Transbay transit center rooftop park reopens to public — quietly," 1 July 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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13 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Shroud.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 24 January 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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