- 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.
shroud definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle 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
shroud definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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.
- To wrap (a corpse) in burial clothing.
- To shut off from sight; screen. See Synonyms at block.
- Archaic To shelter; protect.
Origin: Middle English schrud, garment, from Old English scrūd.