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From Old Northern French cloque (travelling cloak), from Medieval Latin clocca, ("travelers' cape", literally "a bell", so called from the garment's bell-like shape), of unknown origin.



cloak (plural cloaks)

  1. A long outer garment worn over the shoulders covering the back; a cape, often with a hood.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 5, in The China Governess[1]:
      ‘It's rather like a beautiful Inverness cloak one has inherited. Much too good to hide away, so one wears it instead of an overcoat and pretends it's an amusing new fashion.’
  2. A blanket-like covering, often metaphorical.
    Night hid her movements with its cloak of darkness.
  3. (figuratively)  That which conceals; a disguise or pretext.
    • South
      No man is esteemed any ways considerable for policy who wears religion otherwise than as a cloak.
  4. (Internet)  A text replacement for an IRC user's hostname or IP address, making the user less identifiable.

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cloak (third-person singular simple present cloaks, present participle cloaking, simple past and past participle cloaked)

  1. To cover as with a cloak.
  2. (science fiction, transitive, intransitive) To render or become invisible via futuristic technology.
    The ship cloaked before entering the enemy sector of space.

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