cloak Definition

a sleeveless outdoor overgarment that hangs loosely from the shoulders.

Using cloak: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "cloak" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She wore a long black cloak to the funeral.

  • Example

    The magician pulled a rabbit out of his cloak.

  • Example

    The knight's cloak was emblazoned with his family crest.

cloak Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for cloak

Phrases with cloak

  • cloak-and-dagger

    relating to or characteristic of espionage or intrigue, especially involving underhanded tactics or deception


    The novel is full of cloak-and-dagger plots and secret missions.

  • a metaphorical covering or concealment of information or activities


    The company operates under a cloak of secrecy, making it difficult to know what they are really doing.

  • to conceal or hide something, especially something unpleasant or embarrassing


    The government tried to throw a cloak over the scandal, but eventually the truth came out.

Origins of cloak

from Old North French 'cloque', meaning 'travelling cloak'


Summary: cloak in Brief

A 'cloak' [kloʊk] is a loose-fitting sleeveless overgarment worn outdoors. It can be used for warmth or as a fashion accessory. Examples include 'She wore a long black cloak to the funeral.' 'Cloak' also appears in phrases like 'cloak-and-dagger,' referring to espionage or intrigue, 'cloak of secrecy,' denoting concealment, and 'throw a cloak over something,' meaning to hide or cover up something.

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