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



    BrE BrE//ʃraʊd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʃraʊd//
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  1. 1a piece of cloth that a dead person’s body is wrapped in before it is buried a burial shroud See related entries: Death
  2. 2shroud of something (literary) a thing that covers, surrounds or hides something The organization is cloaked in a shroud of secrecy. a shroud of smoke a shroud of darkness/mist
  3. Word Originlate Old English scrūd ‘garment, clothing’, of Germanic origin, from a base meaning ‘cut’; related to shred. An early sense of the verb (Middle English) was ‘cover so as to protect’.
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