\ 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 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 Seeing the hoodoos covered in a shroud of fresh snow is surreal. National Geographic, "Everything to know about Bryce Canyon National Park," 19 Aug. 2019 For two years, Mueller's work had proceeded under a shroud of secrecy and provoked endless speculation about its course. Anchorage Daily News, "Soft-spoken Mueller warns of ongoing election interference, and criticizes Trump," 25 July 2019 Although much of the affected region is sparsely populated, the scientists point out that wind can spread wildfire pollution thousands of miles from its source, covering more populous areas in shrouds of smoke. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "The Arctic Is Experiencing Its Worst Wildfire Season on Record," 30 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Most recently, a phone call prior to the U.S. withdrawal from Northern Syria remains shrouded in secrecy. NBC News, "As prosecutors raise pressure on Turkish bank, Erdogan likely to ask Trump to go easy," 13 Nov. 2019 Does the day sometimes feel like a dream because the other side of the world is shrouded in night? Tessa Love, Longreads, "California Burning," 8 Nov. 2019 Get the recipe: Poaching eggs is one of those cooking techniques that's shrouded in mystery—but for no good reason! Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, "How to Poach An Egg With Confidence And Grace," 21 Oct. 2019 Vikram's fate remains shrouded in uncertainty, as NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has yet to spot any evidence of the probe. Fox News, "India's Vikram probe made 'hard landing' on the Moon, NASA says," 27 Sep. 2019 Still, smoke billowed from charred fields and scrub, shrouding the sky., "Brazil rejects G-7′s financial aid to help fight Amazon fires, equating the issue to colonialism and demanding apology from French president," 27 Aug. 2019 Still, smoke billowed from charred fields and scrub, shrouding the sky. Washington Post, "Brazilian firefighters toil in Amazon region hazy with smoke," 27 Aug. 2019 Still, smoke billowed from charred fields and scrub, shrouding the sky. Christopher Torchia,, "Spurning Amazon aid, Brazil brings up Notre Dame fire," 27 Aug. 2019 For the third consecutive day, police unleashed rounds of tear gas on Hong Kong demonstrators, shrouding Monday’s general strike in all too familiar clouds of stinging smoke. Time Staff, Time, "Hong Kongers Go on Strike to Support the 'Revolution of Our Time'," 5 Aug. 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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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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