cove

1 of 3

noun (1)

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

cove

2 of 3

verb

coved; coving

transitive verb

: to make in a hollow concave form

cove

3 of 3

noun (2)

British, old-fashioned
: man, fellow

Examples of cove in a Sentence

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Noun
Sandy coves unfurled beneath lacy casuarina trees, the water was bathtub-calm, and baby blacktip reef sharks slipped through the shallows. David Swanson, Travel + Leisure, 24 Mar. 2024 There are two private, swimmable beaches and a picturesque, two-acre cove. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 13 Mar. 2024 In addition, inspectors observed slime and mold growth on the floor and on the cove base in the walk-in cooler. Jacqueline Pinedo, Sacramento Bee, 8 Mar. 2024 In other instances, some of my favorite times have been in La Jolla with a snack at George’s overlooking that spectacular view of the cove. Lisa Deaderick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Jan. 2024 Tucked into a volcanic cove on Oahu so the waters are always calm, Hanauma Bay has been the island’s most popular snorkeling destination for decades. Kathleen Wong, USA TODAY, 11 Jan. 2024 The Calanques National Park is a hiker’s paradise, with many of its trails ending at secret coves and white sand beaches that are only reachable by foot or sea, like Calanque of Port-Miou, Calanque of Port-Pin, and Calanque of En-Vau. Monica Mendal, Vogue, 28 Mar. 2024 Eliminating the coves could trap people between the waves and wall at high tide. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Mar. 2024 The surrounding cliffs and trees transform the cove into a peaceful oasis. USA TODAY, 6 Feb. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

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

Noun (2)

Romani kova thing, person

First Known Use

Noun (1)

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

Verb

1756, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1567, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Cove.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cove. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

cove

noun
ˈkōv
1
: a small sheltered inlet or bay
2
: a level area sheltered by hills or mountains

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