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Cloak (kl&ō;k; 110), n. [Of. cloque cloak (from the bell-like shape), bell, F. cloche bell; perh. of Celtic origin and the same word as E. clock. See 1st Clock.] 1. A loose outer garment, extending from the neck downwards, and commonly without sleeves. It is longer than a cape, and is worn both by men and by women.
2. That which conceals; a disguise or pretext; an excuse; a fair pretense; a mask; a cover.
No man is esteemed any ways considerable for policy who wears religion otherwise than as a cloak. South.
Cloak bag, a bag in which a cloak or other clothes are carried; a portmanteau. Shak.
Cloak, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cloaked (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Cloaking.] To cover with, or as with, a cloak; hence, to hide or conceal.
Now glooming sadly, so to cloak her matter. Spenser.
Syn. -- See Palliate.