shroud [shroud] SynonymsExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for shroud on noun

  1. a cloth or sheet in which a corpse is wrapped for burial.
  2. something that covers or conceals like a garment: a shroud of rain.
  3. Nautical. any of a number of taut ropes or wires converging from both sides on the head of a lower or upper mast of the outer end of a bowsprit to steady it against lateral sway: a part of the standing rigging.
  4. Also called shroud line. Aeronautics. any of a number of suspension cords of a parachute attaching the load to the canopy.
  5. Also called shroud·ing. Machinery.
    1. (on a nonmetallic gear) an extended metal rim enclosing the ends of the teeth on either side.
    2. (on a water wheel) one of two rings of boards or plates enclosing the buckets at their ends.
  6. Rocketry. a cone-shaped shield that protects the payload of a launch vehicle.

verb (used with object)

  1. to wrap or clothe for burial; enshroud.
  2. to cover; hide from view.
  3. to veil, as in obscurity or mystery: They shrouded their past lives in an effort to forget.
  4. to provide (a water wheel) with a shroud.
  5. Obsolete. to shelter.

verb (used without object)

  1. Archaic. to take shelter.

Origin of shroud before 1000; (noun) Middle English; Old English scrūd; cognate with Old Norse skrūth; akin to shred; (v.) Middle English shrouden, derivative of the noun; replacing Middle English shriden, Old English scrȳdan, derivative of scrūd Related formsshroud·less, adjectiveshroud·like, adjectiveSynonyms for shroud See more synonyms for on 1. winding sheet. 8. conceal, screen. Related Words for shroud veil, cloak, pall, envelope, sheet, garment, dress, screen, cover, shelter, shade, wrap, vault, shadow, clothing, cerement, cerecloth Examples from the Web for shroud Contemporary Examples of shroud

  • The shawl, we learn, weaves its way through Mexican life, from its use as a baby carrier to a shroud used to bury the dead.

    Shining a Spotlight on Mexico’s Iconic Textile—the Rebozo

    Liza Foreman

    June 16, 2014

  • The most famous ones are the Mandylion of Edessa, the Veronica and the Shroud of Turin.

    Self-portraits with Buzz

    Blake Gopnik

    June 28, 2012

  • Indeed, the Shroud is as difficult to understand, in its way, as the Resurrection.

    The Shroud of Turin and Thomas de Wesselow’s ‘The Sign.’

    Thomas de Wesselow

    April 3, 2012

  • Overall, the 1988 carbon-dating has made little difference to sindonology (as study of the Shroud is known).

    The Shroud of Turin and Thomas de Wesselow’s ‘The Sign.’

    Thomas de Wesselow

    April 3, 2012

  • Ultimately, it is worry about what the Shroud might mean that determines its rejection by modern rationalists.

    The Shroud of Turin and Thomas de Wesselow’s ‘The Sign.’

    Thomas de Wesselow

    April 3, 2012

  • Historical Examples of shroud

  • And yet the idea cleaves to me strangely, and is liable to stick to my shroud.

    Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, No. 327


  • The skirt of her shroud hung like a wet weed in the falling torrent.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede

    George MacDonald

  • They are mere ghosts, their skeletons wrapped in a shroud of whitewash.

    Byzantine Churches in Constantinople

    Alexander Van Millingen

  • Rauff speaks of a woman of Bohemia, who, in 1355, had eaten in her grave half her shroud.

    The Phantom World

    Augustin Calmet

  • Many women veil and shroud their heads in black as she does.

    The Treasure Trail

    Marah Ellis Ryan

  • British Dictionary definitions for shroud shroud noun

    1. a garment or piece of cloth used to wrap a dead body
    2. anything that envelops like a garmenta shroud of mist
    3. a protective covering for a piece of equipment
    4. astronautics a streamlined protective covering used to protect the payload during a rocket-powered launch
    5. nautical one of a pattern of ropes or cables used to stay a mast
    6. any of a set of wire cables stretched between a smokestack or similar structure and the ground, to prevent side sway
    7. Also called: shroud line any of a set of lines running from the canopy of a parachute to the harness


    1. (tr) to wrap in a shroud
    2. (tr) to cover, envelop, or hide
    3. archaic to seek or give shelter

    Derived Formsshroudless, adjectiveWord Origin for shroud Old English scrūd garment; related to Old Norse skrūth gear Word Origin and History for shroud n.

    Old English scrud “a garment, clothing, dress,” from West Germanic *skruthan, from Proto-Germanic *skrud- “cut” (cf. Old Norse skruð “shrouds of a ship, tackle, gear; furniture of a church,” Danish, Swedish skrud “dress, attire”), from PIE *skreu- “to cut” (see shred (n.)).

    Specific meaning “winding-sheet, cloth or sheet for burial,” to which the word now is restricted, first attested 1560s. Sense of “strong rope supporting the mast of a ship” (mid-15c.) is from the notion of “clothing” a spar or mast; one without rigging was said to be naked.


    c.1300, “to clothe, to cover, protect,” from Old English scrydan, scridan “to clothe, dress;” see shroud (n.). Meaning “to hide from view, conceal” (transitive) is attested from early 15c. Related: Shrouded; shrouding.

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