• Shroud


    • Rhymes: -aʊd


    Old English scrūd, cognate with Old Norse skrúð ("the shrouds of a ship") ( >

    Danish, Norwegian skrud ("splendid attire")).

    Full definition of shroud



    (plural shrouds)
    1. That which clothes, covers, conceals, or protects; a garment.
      • Sandysswaddled, as new born, in sable shrouds
    2. Especially, the dress for the dead; a winding sheet.
      • Shakespearea dead man in his shroud
    3. That which covers or shelters like a shroud.
      • ByronJura answers through her misty shroud.
    4. A covered place used as a retreat or shelter, as a cave or den; also, a vault or crypt.
      • ChapmanThe shroud to which he won
        His fair-eyed oxen.
      • Withalsa vault, or shroud, as under a church
    5. The branching top of a tree; foliage.
    6. (nautical) A rope or cable serving to support the mast sideways.
    7. One of the two annular plates at the periphery of a water wheel, which form the sides of the buckets; a shroud plate.


    1. To cover with a shroud.
      • Francis BaconThe ancient Egyptian mummies were shrouded in a number of folds of linen besmeared with gums.
    2. To conceal or hide from view, as if by a shroud.The details of the plot were shrouded in mystery.The truth behind their weekend retreat was shrouded in obscurity.
      • Sir Walter RaleighOne of these trees, with all his young ones, may shroud four hundred horsemen.
      • DrydenSome tempest rise,
        And blow out all the stars that light the skies,
        To shroud my shame.
    3. To take shelter or harbour.
      • MiltonIf your stray attendance be yet lodged,
        Or shroud within these limits.
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