[ klohk ]
/ kloʊk /
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a loose outer garment, as a cape or coat.
something that covers or conceals; disguise; pretense: He conducts his affairs under a cloak of secrecy.

verb (used with object)

to cover with or as if with a cloak: She arrived at the opera cloaked in green velvet.
to hide; conceal: The mission was cloaked in mystery.



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Origin of cloak

1175–1225; Middle English cloke (<Old French ) <Medieval Latin cloca, variant of clocca bell-shaped cape, bell; see clock1
cloakless, adjectiveun·der·cloak, nounwell-cloaked, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for cloak

/ (kləʊk) /


a wraplike outer garment fastened at the throat and falling straight from the shoulders
something that covers or conceals

verb (tr)

to cover with or as if with a cloak
to hide or disguise
C13: from Old French cloque, from Medieval Latin clocca cloak, bell; referring to the bell-like shape
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