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Definition of cove

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a recessed place : concavity: such as
a : an architectural member with a concave cross section
b : a trough for concealed lighting at the upper part of a wall
2 : a small sheltered inlet or bay
3a : a deep recess or small valley in the side of a mountain
b : a level area sheltered by hills or mountains


coved; coving

Definition of cove (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to make in a hollow concave form

Definition of cove (Entry 3 of 3)

British, old-fashioned

Synonyms for cove

Synonyms: Noun (1)

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First Known Use of cove

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1756, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1567, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cove

Noun (1)

Middle English, den, from Old English cofa; akin to Old High German chubisi hut

Noun (2)

Romani kova thing, person

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The first known use of cove was before the 12th century

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“Cove.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cove. Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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Kids Definition of cove

: a small sheltered inlet or bay

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