- The definition of a shroud is a veil or a cloth used to wrap a body for burial.
An example of a shroud is the large, sheet-like piece of cloth which was believed to have been used to wrap Jesus.
- To shroud is to wrap someone in special burial clothing or to conceal something from view.
When you cover a person in special burial clothing, this is an example of a situation where you shroud the person.
- a cloth used to wrap a corpse for burial; winding sheet
- something that covers, protects, or screens; veil; shelter
- any of a set of ropes or wires stretched from a ship's side to a masthead to offset lateral strain on the mast
- any of the set of lines from the canopy of a parachute to the harnessin full shroud line
Origin of shroudMiddle English schroude ; from Old English scrud, akin to Old Norse skrud, accouterments, cloth, Old English screade, shred
- to wrap (a corpse) in a shroud
- to hide from view; cover; screen
- Archaic to shelter and protect
- A cloth used to wrap a body for burial; a winding sheet.
- Something that conceals, protects, or screens: under a shroud of fog.
- a. Nautical One of a set of ropes or wire cables stretched from the masthead to the sides of a vessel to support the mast.b. A similar supporting line for a smokestack or comparable structure.c. One of the ropes connecting the harness and canopy of a parachute.
verbshroud·ed, shroud·ing, shrouds
- To wrap (a corpse) in burial clothing.
- a. To envelop and obscure or shut off from sight: Fog shrouded the city. See Synonyms at block.b. To envelop or be associated with and make difficult to understand: “Diabetes continued as a kind of underground disease, shrouded in myth and bereft of advocates” (James S. Hirsch).
- Archaic To shelter; protect.
verb, intransitive Archaic
Origin of shroudMiddle English schrud, garment, from Old English scrūd.
- That which clothes, covers, conceals, or protects; a garment.
- Especially, the dress for the dead; a winding sheet.
- That which covers or shelters like a shroud.
- A covered place used as a retreat or shelter, as a cave or den; also, a vault or crypt.
- The branching top of a tree; foliage.
- (nautical) A rope or cable serving to support the mast sideways.
- One of the two annular plates at the periphery of a water wheel, which form the sides of the buckets; a shroud plate.
(third-person singular simple present shrouds, present participle shrouding, simple past and past participle shrouded)
Old English scrÅ«d, cognate with Old Norse skrÃºÃ° (“the shrouds of a ship") (> Danish, Norwegian skrud (“splendid attire")).