- 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.
- 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.
Origin of cloak
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Examples from the Web for cloak
Some have innocuous-seeming URLs like cardpool.com or giftcardgranny.com, which cloak the sinister operations.The Insane $11 Billion Scam at Retailers’ Return Desks
December 19, 2014
This is the conspiratorial mind using skepticism as a cloak for intellectual laziness.Russell Brand’s Revolution For Morons
November 2, 2014
Arm people with a cloak of anonymity and a shield of non-accountability, and watch the cavalcade of crazy charge.Solange Is Blue Ivy’s Mom and Other Crazy Conspiracy Theories
May 15, 2014
Defending diversity, not a tool of oppression hidden beneath a cloak called “justice” or “equality.”Female Journalist Gets Rape Threats Over Comic Book Criticism
April 21, 2014
Meanwhile, on the stand, Morris presents his version of the facts under the cloak of immunity.‘You’re a F—cking Liar’: Whitey Bulger and the FBI’s Sordid History
July 1, 2013
She went to put on her hat and cloak, and presently they were in the street.
When that was done she made a bundle of her cloak and shawl, and lay down in her clothes.
The colonel threw his cloak about his shoulders, and hastened down to the carpenter's.Rico and Wiseli
Then I rose, and detaching the silver ornament from my cloak, presented it to him.
With that I raised my cloak so as to let him see for himself, turning my body round before him.
- a wraplike outer garment fastened at the throat and falling straight from the shoulders
- something that covers or conceals
- to cover with or as if with a cloak
- to hide or disguise
Word Origin and History for cloak
late 13c., "long, loose outer garment," from Old North French cloque (Old French cloche, cloke) "travelling cloak," from Medieval Latin clocca "travelers' cape," literally "a bell," so called from the garment's bell-like shape (the word is thus a doublet of clock (n.1)). An article of everyday wear in England through 16c., somewhat revived 19c. as a fashion garment. Cloak-and-dagger (adj.) attested from 1848, said to be ultimately translating French de cape et d'épée, suggestive of stealthy violence and intrigue.
Other "cloak and dagger pieces," as Bouterwek tells us the Spaniards call their intriguing comedies, might be tried advantageously in the night, .... ["Levana; or the Doctrine of Education," English translation, London, 1848]
c.1500, from cloak (n.). Figuratively from 1540s. Related: Cloaked; cloaking.