1. A long, loose outer garment, usually having a hood and no sleeves.
2. Something that covers or conceals: a cloak of secrecy.
tr.v. cloaked, cloak·ing, cloaks
[Middle English cloke, from Old North French cloque, cloak, bell (from its shape), from Medieval Latin clocca; see CLOCK1.]
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