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A man in a cloak

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From Middle English cloke, 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 Celtic origin, from Proto-Celtic *klokkos-, ultimately imitative.

Doublet of clock.


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  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈkloʊk/
  • Rhymes: -əʊk


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.
    1611, The Holy Bible, [] (King James Version), London: [] Robert Barker, [], OCLC 964384981, 1 Thessalonians 2:5:
    For neither at any time vsed wee flattering wordes, as yee knowe, nor a cloke of couetousnesse, God is witnesse:
    1692–1717, Robert South, Twelve Sermons Preached upon Several Occasions, volume (please specify |volume=I to VI), 6th edition, London: [] J[ames] Bettenham, for Jonah Bowyer, [], published 1727, OCLC 21766567:
    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. (transitive) To cover as with a cloak.
  2. (transitive, figuratively) To cover up, hide or conceal.
  3. (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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