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

Examples of covering in a Sentence

Noun 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 In contrast, the threat of Christian nationalism as an ideological covering for voter suppression is perhaps more destructive because its influence is more subtle and its effects (electoral outcomes) are more consequential. The Salt Lake Tribune, 6 Jan. 2022 Apple is ditching its COVID-19 mask mandate for in-person shoppers beginning this week, allowing vaccinated customers to enter many of its U.S. stores without a facial covering, according to Bloomberg. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, 14 June 2021 The Florida theme park, meanwhile, has introduced enhanced health and safety measures amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, including mandates for face covering and physical distancing. Michael Bartiromo, Fox News, 31 Mar. 2021 Ripa then proceeded to trace Seacrest's eyebrows with the eyebrow razor, its plastic protective covering still on., 1 Apr. 2022 Lights were on at the store Wednesday, but a translucent covering on the windows kept the interior from view. Pioneer Press Staff,, 1 Apr. 2022 Short covering from institutional investors may have boosted the recent surge, analysts said, given retail investors’ contrarian trading approach, which usually pitches them against short sellers. Bailey Lipschultz,, 29 Mar. 2022 In this case, Swedish company OmniaBlinds is developing the window covering, powered by Eve’s tech. Maren Estrada, BGR, 25 Mar. 2022 The polyethylene covering may not hold up well in windy climates. Rachel Center, Better Homes & Gardens, 23 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Well, the Chargers are just 4-5 ATS as favorites this year and 1-3 ATS in their last four games as favorites, including outright losses vs. the Vikings at home and the Broncos on the road, plus a non-covering win at home against the Steelers. Dave Tuley Vsin, Los Angeles Times, 25 Dec. 2021 See More

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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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24 Apr 2022

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“Covering.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for covering


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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