Cloak

Cloak
   An upper garment, "an exterior tunic, wide and long, reaching to the ankles, but without sleeves" (Isa. 59:17). The word so rendered is elsewhere rendered "robe" or "mantle." It was worn by the high priest under the ephod (Ex. 28:31), by kings and others of rank (1 Sam. 15:27; Job 1:20; 2:12), and by women (2 Sam. 13:18).
   The word translated "cloke", i.e., outer garment, in Matt. 5:40 is in its plural form used of garments in general (Matt. 17:2; 26:65). The cloak mentioned here and in Luke 6:29 was the Greek himation, Latin pallium, and consisted of a large square piece of wollen cloth fastened round the shoulders, like the abba of the Arabs. This could be taken by a creditor (Ex. 22:26, 27), but the coat or tunic (Gr. chiton) mentioned in Matt. 5:40 could not.
   The cloak which Paul "left at Troas" (2 Tim. 4:13) was the Roman paenula, a thick upper garment used chiefly in travelling as a protection from the weather. Some, however, have supposed that what Paul meant was a travelling-bag. In the Syriac version the word used means a bookcase. (See Dress.)

Easton's Bible Dictionary. . 1897.

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  • Cloak — (kl[=o]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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cloak — 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. [1913 Webster] Now glooming sadly, so to cloak her matter. Spenser. Syn: See {Palliate}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cloak — cloak; cloak·less; cloak·let; un·cloak; …   English syllables

  • cloak — ► NOUN 1) an overgarment that hangs loosely from the shoulders over the arms to the knees or ankles. 2) something that hides or covers: a cloak of secrecy. 3) (cloaks) Brit. a cloakroom. ► VERB ▪ dress or hide in a cloak. ORIGIN Old French cloke …   English terms dictionary

  • cloak — [klōk] n. [ME cloke, cloak < OFr < ML clocca (see CLOCK1), a bell, cloak: so called from its bell like appearance] 1. a loose outer garment, usually sleeveless and extending to or below the knees 2. something that covers or conceals;… …   English World dictionary

  • cloak — [n] cover; coat beard, blind, camouflage, cape, capote, disguise, facade, face, front, guise, manteau, mantle, mask, pretext, semblance, shawl, shield, show, veneer, wrap; concepts 451,475,680 cloak [v] disguise blanket, camouflage, coat, conceal …   New thesaurus

  • cloak — I verb beguile, belie, blind, bluff, bury, camouflage, cloud, conceal, conceal the truth, construe falsely, couch, cover, cover up, curtain, deceive, decoy, disguise, dissemble, dissimulare, dissimulate, distort, divert, dress up, dupe, eclipse,… …   Law dictionary

  • cloak — vb mask, *disguise, dissemble, camouflage Analogous words: conceal, *hide, screen Antonyms: uncloak Contrasted words: *reveal, disclose, discover, betray …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Cloak — For other uses, see Cloak (disambiguation). Evening cloak or manteau, from Costume Parisien, 1823 …   Wikipedia

  • cloak — cloak1 [kləuk US klouk] n [Date: 1200 1300; : Old North French; Origin: cloque bell, cloak , from Medieval Latin clocca bell ( CLOCK1); because of its shape] 1.) a warm piece of clothing like a coat without sleeves that hangs loosely from your… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • cloak — [[t]klo͟ʊk[/t]] cloaks, cloaking, cloaked 1) N COUNT A cloak is a long, loose, sleeveless piece of clothing which people used to wear over their other clothes when they went out. 2) N SING: N of n A cloak of something such as mist or snow… …   English dictionary

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