Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A loose outer garment, such as a cape.
  • n. Something that covers or conceals: a cloak of secrecy.
  • transitive v. To cover or conceal with or as if with a cloak. See Synonyms at clothe, disguise, hide1.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A long outer garment worn over the shoulders covering the back; a cape, often with a hood.
  • n. A blanket-like covering, often metaphorical.
  • n. A text replacement for an IRC user's hostname or IP address, making the user less identifiable.
  • v. To cover as with a cloak.
  • v. To render invisible via futuristic technology.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.
  • n. That which conceals; a disguise or pretext; an excuse; a fair pretense; a mask; a cover.
  • transitive v. To cover with, or as with, a cloak; hence, to hide or conceal.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To cover with or as with a cloak.
  • Figuratively, to cover up; hide; conceal.
  • Synonyms To hide, conceal, mask, cover, veil, screen.
  • To intrigue; hold secret council.
  • n. Properly, a loose outer garment without sleeves, worn by either sex as a protection from the weather: now frequently used, though erroneously, for a sleeved outer wrap worn by women.
  • n. Figuratively, that which conceals; a cover; a disguise or pretext; an excuse; a fair pretense.
  • n. In mollusks, same as mantle or pallium.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. cover with or as if with a cloak
  • v. cover as if with clothing
  • v. hide under a false appearance
  • n. anything that covers or conceals
  • n. a loose outer garment

Etymologies

Middle English cloke, from Old North French cloque, cloak, bell (from its shape), from Medieval Latin clocca; see clock1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • often cloaked in: apples products are often cloaked in mystery before they are released.

    February 21, 2012

  • to render invisible my means of a cloaking device

    September 24, 2009

  • I think I learnt this word while I was a little 13-year-old kid and first time reading a book in a foreign language. Ode to Deathly Hallows. Or not. The ending was... flat.

    November 16, 2008

  • /kləʊk/

    October 19, 2007

  • Capa // Similar meaning: cape and robe // WordReference

    October 19, 2007