A cloak is anything that conceals or hides something, like an over-sized, dark raincoat you wear when you don't want your friends to see you're going to the movies without them.

As a noun, a cloak is usually a loose piece of clothing that you wear over your other clothes, like a cape or a gown. It especially refers to an outer garment that you might wear while traveling in order to protect your outfit or to conceal your identity. As a verb, to cloak is to conceal or hide something. If you were a famous person who wanted to go out alone, you might cloak your identity with a cloak.

Definitions of cloak

n a loose outer garment

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burnoose, burnous, burnouse
a long hooded cloak woven of wool in one piece; worn by Arabs and Moors
caftan, kaftan
a (cotton or silk) cloak with full sleeves and sash reaching down to the ankles; worn by men in the Levant
cape, mantle
a sleeveless garment like a cloak but shorter
capote, hooded cloak
a long cloak with a hood that can be pulled over the head
a hooded cloak for women
a long cloak; worn by a priest or bishop on ceremonial occasions
a woman's cloak with dolman sleeves
a loose hooded cloak worn with a half mask as part of a masquerade costume
a loose cloak with a hood; worn in the Middle East and northern Africa
opera cloak, opera hood
a large cloak worn over evening clothes
cloak or mantle worn by men in ancient Rome
a blanket-like cloak with a hole in the center for the head
cloak consisting of an oblong piece of cloth used to cover the head and shoulders
a one-piece cloak worn by men in ancient Rome
any of a variety of loose fitting cloaks extending to the hips or knees
wrap, wrapper
cloak that is folded or wrapped around a person
a woolen tunic worn by men and women in ancient Greece
a short mantle or cape fastened at the shoulder; worn by men in ancient Greece
a sleeveless tunic worn by English girls as part of a school uniform
a long tunic worn by many people from the Indian subcontinent (usually with a salwar or churidars)
a garment resembling a tunic that was worn by men in the Middle Ages
mantelet, mantilla
short cape worn by women
a sleeveless cape that is lined or trimmed with fur
prayer shawl, tallis, tallith
(Judaism) a shawl with a ritually knotted fringe at each corner; worn by Jews at morning prayer
sarape, serape
a long brightly colored shawl; worn mainly by Mexican men
a tunic worn over a knight's armor
a short sleeveless outer tunic emblazoned with a coat of arms; worn by a knight over his armor or by a herald
a woman's fur shoulder cape with hanging ends; often consisting of the whole fur of a fox or marten
toga virilis
(ancient Rome) a toga worn by a youth as a symbol of manhood and citizenship
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outer garment, overgarment
a garment worn over other garments

n anything that covers or conceals

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an artifact that covers something else (usually to protect or shelter or conceal it)

v cover with or as if with a cloak

cloaked monks”
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provide with a covering or cause to be covered

v cover as if with clothing

clothe, drape, robe
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cover, spread over
form a cover over

v hide under a false appearance

dissemble, mask
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disguise, mask
make unrecognizable

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