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Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old North French
Origin: cloque 'bell, cloak', from Medieval Latin clocca 'bell' ( CLOCK1); because of its shape

cloak

1 noun
     
Related topics: Clothes
cloak1
1 [countable]DCC a warm piece of clothing like a coat without sleeves that hangs loosely from your shoulders
2 [singular] an organization, activity, or way of behaving that deliberately protects someone or keeps something secret
cloak of
the cloak of secrecy around the affair
cloak for
The political party is used as a cloak for terrorist activities.
under the cloak of something
prejudice hiding under the cloak of religion

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