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

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 The operational Mars base upon completion, where an exterior regolith shell acts as the base’s protective covering. NBC News, "Here's what future Mars and lunar space colonies could look like," 7 July 2018 The Swiss debate follows measures in other European countries to restrict facial coverings. Michael Shields, The Christian Science Monitor, "Swiss government's rejection of burqa ban prompts binding referendum," 27 June 2018 Backstage, models stood waiting to walk the runway inside the Gucci Hub space wearing their various face coverings, sculptural gold jewelry, baggy suits, and bright minidresses. Corey Tenold, Vogue, "Corey Tenold’s Best Backstage Photos From Milan Fashion Week Fall 2019," 20 Feb. 2019 Nightstand covering, Papiro—Fortuny (T); House Beautiful, "March 2014 Issue Product Guide," 3 Feb. 2014

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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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to move or proceed with twists and turns

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