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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At that time in the mid-'90s, Iran was a relatively new fundamentalist Islamic state with harsh punishments for things like homosexuality and improper head coverings, many of which are still in place today. Rachel Lubitz,, "I Was Arrested For Having Long Hair. Now I'm In A Pantene Ad.," 30 June 2019 Optional extras include interior window coverings, a battery system, additional floor storage, and LED lighting. Megan Barber, Curbed, "5 teardrop trailers you can buy right now," 31 Aug. 2018 The Silk Trading Company This company's couture window coverings in silk and other fine fabrics have acquired cult status in Los Angeles, New York, and Atlanta. John Loecke, ELLE Decor, "2004 Home Magazine 100 Plus Secret Sources," 5 July 2012 Riviere and her team have provided wigs and head coverings to more than 300 patients around the country, as well as moral support and even advice for dealing with the side effects of cancer treatments. Aj Willingham, CNN, "A grandma's amazing adventure, a sweet soccer fan and a few thousand acres of sunflowers," 17 Aug. 2019 Last week the Netherlands became the fifteenth European country to implement some kind of ban on face-coverings in public places. The Economist, "Burqa bans have proliferated in Western Europe," 9 Aug. 2019 Classes are being developed, from how to set a modern farmhouse kitchen table and choose the best window coverings to the proper ways to do hair blowouts and smoky eyes. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "Where does J.C. Penney's turnaround stand? It's testing new ideas in Texas," 26 July 2019 Mirroring an issue that has unfolded in cities across the nation, the Manchester school board voted earlier this month to ease its dress code and allow high school students to wear hats, durags and other head coverings in school. Jesse Leavenworth,, "Amid a debate over culture and respect, Manchester agrees to allow high school students to wear hats, durags in school," 24 July 2019 Sri Lanka banned face coverings after deadly attacks on Easter earlier this year. Washington Post, "Tunisia becomes the latest country to ban full-face veils after a spate of terrorist attacks," 5 July 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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