Definition of cloak noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kləʊk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kloʊk//
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  1. 1 [countable] a type of coat that has no sleeves, fastens at the neck and hangs loosely from the shoulders, worn especially in the past
  2. 2[singular] (literary) a thing that hides or covers somebody/something They left under the cloak of darkness. The author prefers to hide behind a cloak of anonymity.
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French cloke, dialect variant of cloche ‘bell, cloak’ (from its bell shape), from medieval Latin clocca ‘bell’. Compare with clock.Extra examples She stormed off, her cloak flying behind her. She threw a heavy cloak over her shoulders. a flowing black cloak
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