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cov·​er·​ing ˈkəv-riŋ How to pronounce covering (audio)
: something that covers or conceals


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: 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
Any type of eye covering is more likely to bother them than anything, according to experts. Journal Sentinel, 8 Apr. 2024 Tamez is based in the California city and makes a collection of luxury head coverings that cost from $255 to $1550. Bryan West, USA TODAY, 3 Apr. 2024 The hotel’s 124 luxe rooms have been elevated further with new wall, floor, and window coverings as well as bathrooms with soaking tubs. Robb Report Studio, Robb Report, 1 Apr. 2024 Creative coverings for floors, walls and furniture include rugs, wallpaper and fabrics. March 8, 2024 This article is part of our Design special section about innovative surfaces in architecture, interiors and products. Arlene Hirst, New York Times, 8 Mar. 2024 Any type of eye covering is likely to simply bother them, said Carlson. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, 27 Mar. 2024 Danielle Wallace is a reporter for Fox News Digital covering politics, crime, police and more. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, 27 Mar. 2024 Photos included in the agency's social media post show puppies being carried from the residence by people wearing gloves, masks, and foot coverings, as well as puppies in dog crates in vans parked at the property. Bailey Richards, Peoplemag, 11 Mar. 2024 Matthews pointed out the differences between her organization and BMI now that the latter is a for-profit entity, saying that after taking a reasonable reserve — and covering expenses — 90 cents of every dollar is distributed to ASCAP songwriters. Ed Christman, Billboard, 6 Mar. 2024
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

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Word History

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined above


1887, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Covering.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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: something that covers or conceals

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