Definition of cloak in English:



  • 1An outdoor overgarment, typically sleeveless, that hangs loosely from the shoulders.

    • ‘They were both dressed in cloaks, their faces completely covered.’
    • ‘Her hooded cloak hid her features but wisps of chestnut hair could be seen.’
    • ‘They are generally very tall, with long hooded cloaks that cover their faces and their entire bodies.’
    • ‘The sundial was surrounded by seven figures, all wearing the same, dreary, corroded cloaks, faces hidden under dragging hoods.’
    • ‘He stood up stretched and put his gear back on, but he kept the dagger out, hidden away in his cloak.’
    • ‘Din crouched low on her shoulder, trembling with fear and trying to bury into her cloak to hide.’
    • ‘She rolled to her feet and waited, the dagger still hidden under her cloak.’
    • ‘She pulled the hood up to cover her features, the soft material of the cloak keeping her face hidden.’
    • ‘With fumbling fingers, he took his transmitter out from where it had been hidden in his cloak.’
    • ‘Trudy used a clean cloak to hide beneath as she went across the hall to the bath room.’
    • ‘They all wore gray cloaks to hide in the dark and to warm them in the cold, but even that was not enough.’
    • ‘Though cloaks were standard dress from the 1st century AD, wool or linen clothes have not survived from Roman Britain.’
    • ‘Even disguised in her black cloak, Cate had no desire to cross paths with Sir Marcus.’
    • ‘It merely stood there in the open, the large gray cloak covering a body hidden beyond all sight.’
    • ‘The face was hidden with a cloak and a mask but the angel wore a smile.’
    • ‘With a flourish, the man produced a set of papers, previously hidden inside his black cloak.’
    • ‘Zela was disguised in an inconspicuous cloak as she entered the castle.’
    • ‘With cloaks hiding their chainmail, they approached the Archbishop's palace adjacent to the cathedral.’
    • ‘In the past, Hutus wore skirts of cloth made from tree bark, and cloaks made of animal hides.’
    • ‘In each chair was a Rebel leader, dressed in black cloaks with clearly visible red waistbands.’
    cape, mantle, robe
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    1. 1.1Something serving to hide or disguise something.
      ‘lifting the cloak of secrecy on the arms trade’
      • ‘They wished to hide behind the cloak of something invisible, to conceal the vacuity of their tall stories.’
      • ‘A value-judgement is therefore implicit in the use of this method, though disguised under a cloak of objectivity.’
      • ‘Under the cloak of darkness, they can slip into a cocoon of overhanging foliage.’
      • ‘The result is that error cannot be acknowledged and must thus be hidden under the cloak of the papal claim.’
      • ‘They might be saying little in public but under the cloak of anonymity plenty of harsh words are being uttered.’
      • ‘It was a land of nothing, a land hidden behind cloaks of mist, and where noise was but a wisp of a dream that flitted through the mind.’
      • ‘There are people who take action and people who stay hidden behind a cloak of anonymity.’
      • ‘Upon returning from any expedition, pochteca always enter the city under the cloak of darkness.’
      • ‘He did testify about the cloak of secrecy regarding the health of justices, but not about his own condition.’
      • ‘And we would also see trivial or mischievous claims being pursued, under the cloak of anonymity.’
      • ‘No, they are not animals, they are evil demons who hide under the cloak of kindness and normality while they hatch their plots.’
      • ‘None of this explains the cloak of secrecy the FBI has thrown over the whole affair.’
      • ‘If you are telling me we are hiding under the cloak of Parliament, you are telling me that we should have no laws.’
      • ‘The book concludes with a riveting chapter on terrorism under the cloak of other religions.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They wait for the new moon and then, under the cloak of darkness, they cross the ‘wall of mouths’ to settle on a reef.’
      • ‘He was playing to their lusts and desires, disguised in a cloak of religion.’
      • ‘The cloak of secrecy that is being thrown around the military and intelligence offensive is another related cause for worry.’
      • ‘If the cloak of secrecy is ever lifted from this dirty affair, there are some obvious questions.’
      • ‘A government espousing this view wraps the cloak of secrecy around itself.’
      cover, screen, mask, blind, front, camouflage, shield, veneer
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  • 1 Dress in a cloak.

    ‘she cloaked herself in black’
    • ‘Whether she will cloak herself in it as she takes up her dress circle seat for the opening night of the return of Scottish Opera this May is still to be seen.’
    • ‘There was a cloaked and hooded figure seated on a saddle on its back, holding the reins the dragon wore.’
    • ‘The men ventured another glimpse and saw Aediphus, still cloaked in his torn black robes.’
    • ‘Venues cloaks Achates and Aeneas so that no one will hinder their progress towards the city.’
    • ‘The enduring photograph of a prisoner cloaked in black, standing on a box with wires attached to his outstretched arms.’
    • ‘A curvy red human shape was stepping out of the fountain, cloaking itself with the warm towel in an innocent wanton way.’
    • ‘He lands on the strange black material that cloaks Fallen.’
    • ‘The first one, a very tall and thin figure cloaked in a black robe with a hood pulled over, seemed to be their leader.’
    • ‘Every one of the departing Wolves were cloaked and hooded in black, despite the heat of the summer.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Others cloak themselves in black coats and hats to blend into the crowds of Jerusalem's Orthodox Jews.’
    • ‘The other being was cloaked entirely in black, its head covered with a hood.’
    • ‘When she stood up, he could see she was fully cloaked and hooded, her pack on her back.’
    • ‘He was cloaked and hooded in black and carried a sword that was obviously tipped with poison.’
    • ‘The door flew open and the figure stepped inside, cloaked in a long black cape.’
    • ‘Seated around an antique table, three cloaked and hooded figures were playing cards.’
    • ‘She was laughing when she arrived the next day, cloaked in another pink dress with blooming designs.’
    • ‘She was cloaked in black, only a few strands of blood red hair emerged like little flickers of flame from coals, dancing in the salty breeze.’
    • ‘Commander Kruge cloaks his Bird of Prey and heads to the Genesis Planet to discover its secrets.’
    • ‘Her long black hair was flowing around her face and cloaking her in an incredible glow.’
    1. 1.1Hide, cover, or disguise (something)
      ‘the horror of war was cloaked in the trappings of chivalry’
      • ‘Last Thursday, as the rest of eastern Scotland was cloaked in mist, the sun shone on Banff and Duff House.’
      • ‘Today, an eerie silence cloaks the Carlton Hotel, which was closed and mothballed in 1997.’
      • ‘The shadows suddenly engulfed the man, cloaking him from Gabriel's vision.’
      • ‘Completely cloaked in the black of the night, his face was no more than shadows to me.’
      • ‘The bigger the game, the more the sense of invulnerability with which the man from Waikato cloaks himself.’
      • ‘It cloaks you with the powers of the AAT Act unless they are modified in a particular respect by the Taxation Administration Act.’
      • ‘He cloaked his Wimbledon absence in the need for a rest but the Brazilian had long ago made his feelings known.’
      • ‘But these reactionary ideas find it necessary to cloak themselves in the language of science to gain legitimacy.’
      • ‘The truck wends its way through kilometres of pine and eucalyptus; areas that were once cloaked in native bush.’
      • ‘She left, her easy steps cloaking frustration Aylmer knew was there anyway.’
      • ‘Personally, victimhood isn't something I look to cloak myself in.’
      • ‘When we first met Govindan - at a recent photo expo in the city - he was cloaked in antiquity.’
      • ‘Since that time nearly every military effort has had to cloak itself in some lofty universal principal.’
      • ‘But when it is good, it is really good, cloaking itself in a blanket of lavender’.’
      • ‘Letting mercenaries cloak themselves as contractors opens up just such possibilities.’
      • ‘Others are cloaked in vegetation so dense that it is impossible to see the stone beneath.’
      • ‘The heavens are already dark, cloaking her in its shadows.’
      • ‘Suddenly Suzie and Matt's mother appeared beside the coffin cloaked in black sadness.’
      • ‘While cloaking itself in the language of economics, it is in fact anti-economic, anti-modern and regressive.’
      • ‘A half century after the raids and radiation this country was reborn, cloaking itself in sci-fi elegance, in tinted glass and robot façades.’
      conceal, hide, cover, veil, shroud, screen, mask, cloud
      envelop, swathe, surround, cocoon
      disguise, camouflage, obscure
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Middle English: from Old French cloke, dialect variant of cloche bell, cloak (from its bell shape), from medieval Latin clocca bell Compare with clock.