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cove

noun \ ˈkōv \

Definition of cove

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
3 a : a deep recess or small valley in the side of a mountain
b : a level area sheltered by hills or mountains

Origin and Etymology of cove

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

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cove

verb

Definition of cove

coved; coving
transitive verb
: to make in a hollow concave form

First Known Use of cove

1756

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cove

noun

Definition of cove

British, old-fashioned
: man, fellow

Origin and Etymology of cove

Romany kova thing, person


COVE Defined for Kids

cove

noun \ ˈkōv \

Definition of cove for Students

: a small sheltered inlet or bay


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