Definition of cloak in English:

cloak

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Pronunciation: /kləʊk
 
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noun

  • 1A sleeveless outdoor overgarment that hangs loosely from the shoulders: he threw his cloak about him
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    • Though cloaks were standard dress from the 1st century AD, wool or linen clothes have not survived from Roman Britain.
    • They were both dressed in cloaks, their faces completely covered.
    • They are generally very tall, with long hooded cloaks that cover their faces and their entire bodies.
    Synonyms
    cape, mantle, robe
  • 1.1Something serving to hide or disguise something: preparations had taken place under a cloak of secrecy
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    • No, they are not animals, they are evil demons who hide under the cloak of kindness and normality while they hatch their plots.
    • By opening up the doors it will help us to hold ministers to account, and make it more difficult for them to hide behind the cloak of secrecy.
    • If you are telling me we are hiding under the cloak of Parliament, you are telling me that we should have no laws.
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  • 2 (cloaks) British A cloakroom: ground-floor accommodation comprises hall, cloaks, lounge, kitchen

verb

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  • 1Dress in a cloak: they sat cloaked and hooded
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    • Every one of the departing Wolves were cloaked and hooded in black, despite the heat of the summer.
    • He was cloaked and hooded in black and carried a sword that was obviously tipped with poison.
    • It seemed to be a man, but none there could tell, for he was hooded and cloaked in all black with a sword by his side.
  • 1.1Hide, cover, or disguise (something): she cloaked her embarrassment by rushing into speech
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    • The bigger the game, the more the sense of invulnerability with which the man from Waikato cloaks himself.
    • The truck wends its way through kilometres of pine and eucalyptus; areas that were once cloaked in native bush.
    • When we first met Govindan - at a recent photo expo in the city - he was cloaked in antiquity.
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Origin

Middle English: from Old French cloke, dialect variant of cloche 'bell, cloak' (from its bell shape), from medieval Latin clocca 'bell'. Compare with clock1.

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