cloak


cloak
cloak1 [kləuk US klouk] n
[Date: 1200-1300; : Old North French; Origin: cloque 'bell, cloak', from Medieval Latin clocca 'bell' ( CLOCK1); because of its shape]
1.)
a warm piece of clothing like a coat without sleeves that hangs loosely from your shoulders
2.) [singular]
an organization, activity, or way of behaving that deliberately protects someone or keeps something secret
cloak of
the cloak of secrecy around the country's rulers
cloak for
The political party is used as a cloak for terrorist activities.
under the cloak of sth
prejudice hiding under the cloak of religion
cloak 2
cloak2 v [T usually passive]
1.) to deliberately hide facts, feelings etc so that people do not see or understand them - used especially in news reports
cloaked in secrecy/mystery
The talks have been cloaked in secrecy.
2.) literary to cover something, for example with darkness or snow
cloak in
hills cloaked in mist
>cloaked adj
The riders were cloaked (=they wore cloaks) .

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • Cloak — (kl[=o]k; 110), n. [Of. cloque cloak (from the bell like shape), bell, F. cloche bell; perh. of Celtic origin and the same word as E. clock. See 1st {Clock}.] 1. A loose outer garment, extending from the neck downwards, and commonly without… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cloak — Cloak, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Cloaked}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Cloaking}.] To cover with, or as with, a cloak; hence, to hide or conceal. [1913 Webster] Now glooming sadly, so to cloak her matter. Spenser. Syn: See {Palliate}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cloak — cloak; cloak·less; cloak·let; un·cloak; …   English syllables

  • cloak — ► NOUN 1) an overgarment that hangs loosely from the shoulders over the arms to the knees or ankles. 2) something that hides or covers: a cloak of secrecy. 3) (cloaks) Brit. a cloakroom. ► VERB ▪ dress or hide in a cloak. ORIGIN Old French cloke …   English terms dictionary

  • cloak — [klōk] n. [ME cloke, cloak < OFr < ML clocca (see CLOCK1), a bell, cloak: so called from its bell like appearance] 1. a loose outer garment, usually sleeveless and extending to or below the knees 2. something that covers or conceals;… …   English World dictionary

  • cloak — [n] cover; coat beard, blind, camouflage, cape, capote, disguise, facade, face, front, guise, manteau, mantle, mask, pretext, semblance, shawl, shield, show, veneer, wrap; concepts 451,475,680 cloak [v] disguise blanket, camouflage, coat, conceal …   New thesaurus

  • cloak — I verb beguile, belie, blind, bluff, bury, camouflage, cloud, conceal, conceal the truth, construe falsely, couch, cover, cover up, curtain, deceive, decoy, disguise, dissemble, dissimulare, dissimulate, distort, divert, dress up, dupe, eclipse,… …   Law dictionary

  • cloak — vb mask, *disguise, dissemble, camouflage Analogous words: conceal, *hide, screen Antonyms: uncloak Contrasted words: *reveal, disclose, discover, betray …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Cloak — For other uses, see Cloak (disambiguation). Evening cloak or manteau, from Costume Parisien, 1823 …   Wikipedia

  • cloak — [[t]klo͟ʊk[/t]] cloaks, cloaking, cloaked 1) N COUNT A cloak is a long, loose, sleeveless piece of clothing which people used to wear over their other clothes when they went out. 2) N SING: N of n A cloak of something such as mist or snow… …   English dictionary