adjective co·vert \ˈkō-(ˌ)vərt, kō-ˈ; ˈkə-vərt\

: made, shown, or done in a way that is not easily seen or noticed : secret or hidden

Full Definition of COVERT

:  not openly shown, engaged in, or avowed :  veiled <a covert alliance>
:  covered over :  sheltered
co·vert·ly adverb
co·vert·ness noun

Examples of COVERT

  1. He has taken part in a number of covert military operations.
  2. spy agencies taking covert action

Origin of COVERT

Middle English, from Anglo-French, past participle of coverir to cover
First Known Use: 14th century

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noun co·vert \ˈkə-vərt, ˈkō-vərt also ˈkə-vər\

Definition of COVERT

a :  hiding place :  shelter
b :  a thicket affording cover for game
c :  a masking or concealing device
:  a feather covering the bases of the quills of the wings and tail of a bird — see wing illustration
:  a firm durable twilled sometimes waterproofed cloth usually of mixed-color yarns

Examples of COVERT

  1. <set up a covert from which to watch wildlife without being detected>
  2. <the rabbit rushed to the safety of the nearest covert>

First Known Use of COVERT

14th century

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