Simple Definition of dove
: a small wild bird that is related to pigeons
: a person who does not want war and does want peace
Examples of dove in a sentence
The President sided with the doves and worked to avoid war.
<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
DOVE Defined for Kids
Definition of dove for Students
: a bird that is related to the pigeon but usually of somewhat smaller size
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