cloak

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
cloak /kloʊk/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Clothinga loose outer garment, such as a cape:a beautiful cloak of ermine.
  2. something that covers or conceals;
    disguise:They negotiated under a cloak of secrecy.

v. [+ object]
  1. to cover with or as if with a cloak:The magician was cloaked in black silk.
  2. to hide;
    conceal:They cloaked their fear with jokes.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
cloak  (klōk),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a loose outer garment, as a cape or coat.
  2. something that covers or conceals;
    disguise;
    pretense:He conducts his affairs under a cloak of secrecy.

v.t. 
  1. to cover with or as if with a cloak:She arrived at the opera cloaked in green velvet.
  2. to hide;
    conceal:The mission was cloaked in mystery.
cloakless, adj. 
  • Medieval Latin cloca, variant of clocca bell-shaped cape, bell; see clock1
  • Old French)
  • Middle English cloke ( 1175–1225
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged cover, mask, veil.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
cloak /kləʊk/ n
  1. a wraplike outer garment fastened at the throat and falling straight from the shoulders
  2. something that covers or conceals
vb (transitive)
  1. to cover with or as if with a cloak
  2. to hide or disguise
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French cloque, from Medieval Latin clocca cloak, bell; referring to the bell-like shape
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