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.

Nearby words

  1. clo.,
  2. cloaca,
  3. cloacal membrane,
  4. cloacal plate,
  5. cloacitis,
  6. cloak fern,
  7. cloak-and-dagger,
  8. cloak-and-suiter,
  9. cloak-and-sword,
  10. cloak-room

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cloak



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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Word Origin and History for cloak
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