cloaks; cloaked; cloaking

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
  1. noun
    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
  2. noun
    anything that covers or conceals
    synonyms: scrim
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    a dark covering or cloud, as of smoke
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    an artifact that covers something else (usually to protect or shelter or conceal it)
  3. verb
    cover with or as if with a cloak
    cloaked monks”
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    type of:
    provide with a covering or cause to be covered
  4. verb
    cover as if with clothing
    synonyms: clothe, drape, robe
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    cover, spread over
    form a cover over
  5. verb
    hide under a false appearance
    synonyms: dissemble, mask
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    type of:
    disguise, mask
    make unrecognizable
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