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


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of certain birds of the pigeon family (Columbidae). The names pigeon and dove are often used interchangeably. Though “dove” usually refers to the smaller, long-tailed members of the pigeon family, there are exceptions: the common street pigeon, generally typical for birds designated as pigeons, is frequently called the rock dove. The common names of these birds do not necessarily reflect their accurate biological relationships to one another.


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