Meaning of “cloud” in the English Dictionary

"cloud" in British English

See all translations

cloudnoun

uk /klaʊd/ us /klaʊd/

cloud noun (IN SKY)

A2 [ C ] UK also cloud [ U ] a grey or white mass in the sky, made up of very small floating drops of water:

Do you think those are rain clouds on the horizon?
The sky was a perfect blue - not a cloud in sight.
Dark clouds massed on the horizon.
UK There was so much cloud, we couldn't see anything.

More examples

  • A cloud passed over the sun.
  • A dark bank of cloud loomed on the horizon.
  • He puffed a cloud of cigarette smoke into my eyes.
  • The volcano spewed a giant cloud of ash, dust and gases into the air.
  • The sun disappeared behind heavy clouds.

cloudverb

uk /klaʊd/ us /klaʊd/

[ I or T ] If something transparent clouds, or if something clouds it, it becomes difficult to see through.

C2 [ T ] to make someone confused, or make something more difficult to understand:

When it came to explaining the lipstick on his collar, he found that drink had clouded (= confused) his memory.

Phrasal verb(s)

(Definition of “cloud” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"cloud" in American English

See all translations

cloudnoun [ C/U ]

us /klɑʊd/

a white or gray mass of very small drops of water or ice that float in the sky:

[ C ] Those dark clouds look like we’re going to get some rain.

A cloud is also a mass of something, such as dust or smoke, that moves together:

The distant cloud of dust in the valley announced the approach of a car.

A cloud is also something which causes sadness or fear:

[ C ] After the diagnosis of cancer, she lived under a cloud.

cloudverb [ T ]

us /klɑʊd/

to fill with clouds or with something that looks like a cloud:

[ T ] Smoke clouded the sky.

If something clouds a situation or feeling, it makes it less clear:

The fact that Jack was an old friend clouded her judgment.

Phrasal verb(s)

(Definition of “cloud” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)