covey

noun cov·ey \ ˈkə-vē \

Definition of covey

plural coveys
1 :a mature bird or pair of birds with a brood of young; also :a small flock
2 :company, group
  • a covey of schoolchildren

Examples of covey in a Sentence

  1. A covey of schoolchildren approached.

  2. A covey of reporters came to the event.

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Origin and Etymology of covey

Middle English, from Anglo-French covee sitting (of hen), from cover to sit on, brood over, from Latin cubare to lie


COVEY Defined for English Language Learners

covey

noun

Definition of covey for English Language Learners

  • : a small flock of birds

  • : a small group of people or things


COVEY Defined for Kids

covey

noun cov·ey \ ˈkə-vē \

Definition of covey for Students

plural coveys
1 :a small flock of birds
  • a covey of quail
2 :1group 1
  • a covey of reporters

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