cloak

[ klohk ]
/ kloʊk /

noun

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.

Origin of cloak

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

/ (kləʊk) /

noun

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

Word Origin for cloak

C13: from Old French cloque, from Medieval Latin clocca cloak, bell; referring to the bell-like shape
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