What does cloak mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cloaknoun

    anything that covers or conceals

  2. cloakverb

    a loose outer garment

  3. dissemble, cloak, maskverb

    hide under a false appearance

    "He masked his disappointment"

  4. clothe, cloak, drape, robeverb

    cover as if with clothing

    "the mountain was clothed in tropical trees"

  5. cloakverb

    cover with or as if with a cloak

    "cloaked monks"


  1. cloaknoun

    A long outer garment worn over the shoulders covering the back; a cape, often with a hood.

  2. cloaknoun

    A blanket-like covering, often metaphorical.

    Night hid her movements with its cloak of darkness.

  3. cloaknoun

    A text replacement for an IRC user's hostname or IP address, making the user less identifiable.

  4. cloakverb

    To cover as with a cloak.

  5. cloakverb

    To render invisible via futuristic technology.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. A CLOAKnoun

    Etymology: lach, Saxon.

    You may bear it,
    Under a cloke that is of any length. William Shakespeare, Two Gent. of Verona.

    Their clokes were cloath of silver, mix’d with gold. Dryd.

    All arguments will be as little able to prevail, as the wind did with the traveller to part with his cloak, which he held only the faster. John Locke.

    Nimbly he rose, and cast his garment down;
    That instant in his cloak I wrapt me round. Alexander Pope, Odyssey.

    Not using your liberty for a cloak of maliciousness. 1 Pet. ii. 16.

  2. To Cloakverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Most heavenly fair, in deed and view,
    She by creation was, ’till she did fall;
    Thenceforth she sought for helps to cloak her crimes withal. Fairy Queen, b. ii. cant.
    7. stanz. 45.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cloaknoun

    a loose outer garment, extending from the neck downwards, and commonly without sleeves. It is longer than a cape, and is worn both by men and by women

  2. Cloaknoun

    that which conceals; a disguise or pretext; an excuse; a fair pretense; a mask; a cover

  3. Cloakverb

    to cover with, or as with, a cloak; hence, to hide or conceal

  4. Etymology: [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. Cloak

    A cloak is a type of loose garment that is worn over indoor clothing and serves the same purpose as an overcoat; it protects the wearer from the cold, rain or wind for example, or it may form part of a fashionable outfit or uniform. Cloaks are as old as human history; there has nearly always been some form of long, unstructured outer garment used to protect people from the weather. Over time cloak designs have been changed to match current styles and textile needs. Cloaks generally fasten at the neck or over the shoulder, vary in length, from hip all the way down to the ankle, mid-calf being the normal length. They may have an attached hood, and may cover and fasten down the front, in which case they have holes or slits for the hands to pass through. However, cloaks are almost always sleeveless.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cloak

    Cloke, klōk, n. a loose outer garment: a covering: that which conceals: a disguise, pretext.—v.t. to clothe with a cloak: to cover: to conceal.—ns. Cloak′-bag (obs.), a portmanteau; Cloak′-room, a room set apart for keeping cloaks, coats, hats, &c., at a theatre, railway station, &c. [O. Fr. cloke, cloque—Low L. cloca, a bell, also a horseman's cape, because bell-shaped, from root of Clock.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cloak in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cloak in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of cloak in a Sentence

  1. Matshona Dhliwayo:

    Chance is providence in a cloak.

  2. Richard Lowenstein:

    I met a person who was completely humble and shy and just quite normal in real life but on stage would put on this rock star cloak and become this ... long-haired sex god.

  3. Christian Baldauf:

    Who can understand that a rejected asylum seeker who has been tried several times for various violent crimes cannot be deported, but the same man manages to travel back to his home country in a cloak and dagger operation?

  4. High Court:

    Confidence cannot exist without trust, and trust cannot exist without assurance that partisan political positions incapable of being communicated with attribution will not be communicated anyhow under the cloak of anonymity.

  5. RJ Intindola – (Gandolfo):

    Tyranny knocks at the door when law is converted under the cloak of justice.

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