from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun 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.
  • noun Figuratively, that which conceals; a cover; a disguise or pretext; an excuse; a fair pretense.
  • noun In mollusks, same as mantle or pallium.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun 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.
  • noun That which conceals; a disguise or pretext; an excuse; a fair pretense; a mask; a cover.
  • noun a bag in which a cloak or other clothes are carried; a portmanteau.
  • transitive verb To cover with, or as with, a cloak; hence, to hide or conceal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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


Sorry, no etymologies found.


Help support Wordnik (and make this page ad-free) by adopting the word cloak.



Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

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

    October 19, 2007

  • /kləʊk/

    October 19, 2007

  • 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

  • to render invisible my means of a cloaking device

    September 24, 2009

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

    February 21, 2012

  • Etymonline says:

    cloak (n.)

    late 13c., "long, loose outer garment without sleeves," from Old North French cloque (Old French cloche, cloke) "traveling cloak," from Medieval Latin clocca "travelers' cape," literally "a bell," so called from the garment's bell-like shape (the word is thus a doublet of clock (n.1)).

    An article of everyday wear for either sex in England through 16c. as a protection from the weather; a high-collared circular form revived as a fashion garment c. 1800-1840, often called Spanish cloak. Figuratively, "that which covers or conceals, a pretext," from 1520s.

    November 27, 2020