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

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One of the great joys of covering and watching Serena for more than 20 years is knowing that this extraordinary tennis player also is a real person: fascinating, funny, whimsical. Christine Brennan, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Searching for why Serena Williams can't win a Grand Slam," 7 Sep. 2019 While any wallpaper or covering could be used as art in this way, Gracie wallpapers are, of course, particularly lovely. Kaitlin Menza, House Beautiful, "Need Wall Art Ideas? Try Framing A Piece Of Wallpaper," 23 Jan. 2019 Trump escalates a trade war with Mexico, Canada, and the EU; Denmark passes a law banning the burqa (and other face coverings). Ella Nilsen, Vox, "Vox Sentences: Denmark bans the burqa," 1 June 2018 Sergeant Bertram said that the suspects in Thursday’s attack were men who wore hoodies pulled over their heads, as well as face coverings. New York Times, "Two Sought in Bombing at Indian Restaurant in Ontario," 25 May 2018 That's very important at the Sea Forest Waterway, where half of the 2,000 fans won't be seated in shade because of budget cuts that led architects to scrap plans for larger overhead coverings. Jacob Bogage,, "Worried about Tokyo heat, 2020 Olympics organizers experiment with snow cannons," 16 Sep. 2019 Scale overwinter as adults attached to stems, as eggs or as immature forms beneath the parent's protective covering. oregonlive, "Avoid overhead watering to keep fungus off peonies: Ask an expert," 12 Sep. 2019 For properly anchored, newer mobile homes, Category 1 winds can rip off shingles, metal roof coverings and vinyl siding. Austin Fuller,, "As Hurricane Dorian approaches, manufactured home residents must decide to stay or go," 2 Sep. 2019 Audiences got the chance to buy the lifestyle through merchandising tie-ins of luxury housewares like silver ice buckets, china, bed linens, and wall coverings. Joanna Scutts, Curbed, "The shows we’ve lived by," 14 Aug. 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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