1968. Coined by D. C. Fontana in the script for the Star Trek episode The Enterprise Incident.
- (science fiction) A device which renders a person or thing invisible.
2001, Fforde, Jasper, The Eyre Affair:
- I put out my hand and touched the warm surface of the camouflaged Rolls-Royce. I was going to ask Mycroft if I could have the cloaking device fitted to my Speedster but I was too late; enthused by my interest he had trotted off to a large roll-top bureau and was beckoning me over excitedly.
- “cloaking device” in Jeff Prucher, editor, Brave New Words: The Oxford Dictionary of Science Fiction, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, 2007, →ISBN.
- cloaking device n. at the OED Science Fiction Citations Project