\ 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

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 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

All of the attacks were shrouded in the mystery that engulfs much of the shadowy conflict between Israel and Iran. James Mcauley,, "Israeli strikes on Iranian allies ratchet up tensions," 25 Aug. 2019 But these clues aren't exclusively shrouded in metaphor. Kathryn Lindsay,, "All The Wedding Clues On Taylor Swift’s New Album," 24 Aug. 2019 São Paulo was shrouded in smog caused by fires raging in the Amazon rainforest 2,700km away. The Economist, "Politics this week," 22 Aug. 2019 The lurid case was already shrouded in mystery and scandal even before Epstein’s death added a morbid twist. Chris Megerian, Los Angeles Times, "Attorney general vows to ‘hold people accountable’ at jail where Jeffrey Epstein died," 12 Aug. 2019 But doing your makeup shouldn't be a feat shrouded in mystery. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "This Is the Absolute Best Way to Apply Foundation," 25 June 2018 The culture surrounding video games is often shrouded in stereotypes and negative connotations. Laurel Deppen, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville gamer startup is changing the negative stereotypes around video games," 9 Aug. 2019 The tower is shrouded in scaffolding as the crumbling parliament buildings undergo overdue repairs. The Economist, "The British government’s majority falls to one," 2 Aug. 2019 The answer is shrouded in mystery in part because of the opaque ownership of Skycom during the time Ms. Meng served on its board. Wenxin Fan, WSJ, "Huawei CFO Case Hinges on an Offshore Puzzle," 10 Dec. 2018

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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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