|Language:||Old North French|
|Origin:||cloque 'bell, cloak', from Medieval Latin clocca 'bell' ( CLOCK1); because of its shape|
a warm piece of clothing like a coat without sleeves that hangs loosely from your shoulders
an organization, activity, or way of behaving that deliberately protects someone or keeps something secret
the cloak of secrecy around the affair
The political party is used as a cloak for terrorist activities.
under the cloak of something
prejudice hiding under the cloak of religion