cov·​er·​ing | \ ˈkəv-riŋ How to pronounce covering (audio) , ˈkə-və-\

Definition of covering

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: something that covers or conceals



Definition of covering (Entry 2 of 2)

: containing explanation of or additional information about an accompanying communication a covering letter

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Examples of covering in a Sentence


with the commotion on the dance floor as a covering, we were able to slip out undetected the plastic coverings on lamp shades should be removed

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Each of the hotel’s 134 guest rooms will receive new carpet, artwork, window treatments and wall coverings to go along with updated furnishings and Marriott brand bedding. Geoff Bruce, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Former Radisson Hotel in Menomonee Falls looks ahead to summer of changes before Delta rebrand," 5 June 2019 Workers occasionally pulled back the coverings, revealing at least four Porsches. Ben Finley, The Seattle Times, "Gas explosion also damaged world-famous Porsche collection," 12 Apr. 2019 The Bulgarian bag is essentially a nicer iteration of the sandbag, thanks to its soft leather covering, crescent shape that fits snugly around the shoulders, easy-to-grip straps, and stuffing of both sand and wool. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "What Is the Bulgarian Bag? All About Halle Berry’s New Favorite Strength Training Tool," 6 Mar. 2019 Textiles, specialty paint finishes, and wall coverings are just some of the ways in which Adler struck a balance with the bold pops. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Inside an Unconventionally Glam Family Home in Chicago’s Historic Palmolive Building," 30 Apr. 2019 Toppers ran the gamut from berets to fedoras to full head coverings with either a romantic or an apocalyptic edge. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "The 8 Best Accessory Trends of Fall 2019," 14 Mar. 2019 Last October, Austria banned full-face coverings in public — a move that was largely intended to restrict Muslim women from openly wearing the veil. Siobhán O'grady, Washington Post, "Austria shuts down seven mosques in what it says is ‘just the beginning’ of a crackdown," 8 June 2018 Some of the rooms' bathrooms will get new wall coverings, but updates in the rooms will mostly consist of some furniture and bedding. Diane Cowen, Houston Chronicle, "Lancaster Hotel renovations return historic site to its early design," 26 Apr. 2018 Such covering rallies don’t last long and the results themselves weren’t much to celebrate—certainly not a sign that the company will be able to return to growth. Elizabeth Winkler, WSJ, "No Jumping on the Bed, Bath & Beyond," 9 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of covering


14th century, in the meaning defined above


1887, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of covering was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of covering

: an object or substance that goes over or on top of something especially in order to hide or protect it


cov·​er·​ing | \ ˈkə-və-riŋ How to pronounce covering (audio) , ˈkəv-ring\

Kids Definition of covering

: something that shelters, protects, or conceals

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