noun \ˈdəv\

: a small wild bird that is related to pigeons

: a person who does not want war and does want peace

Full Definition of DOVE

:  any of numerous pigeons; especially :  a small wild pigeon
:  a gentle woman or child
:  one who takes a conciliatory attitude and advocates negotiations and compromise; especially :  an opponent of war — compare hawk
dov·ish \ˈdə-vish\ adjective
dov·ish·ness noun

Examples of DOVE

  1. The President sided with the doves and worked to avoid war.
  2. <the doves were in favor of using the surplus to improve the nation's schools and not its weapons systems>

Origin of DOVE

Middle English, from Old English *dūfe; akin to Old High German tūba dove
First Known Use: 13th century

Related to DOVE

Other Birds Terms

aerie, bunting, clutch, covey, hackle, ratite, rictus, ruff, skein, zygodactyl

Rhymes with DOVE



Definition of DOVE

past of dive
DOVISH Defined for Kids


noun \ˈdəv\

Definition of DOVE for Kids

:  a bird that is related to the pigeon but usually of somewhat smaller size


Definition of DOVE for Kids

past and past participle of dive


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