dove

noun
\ ˈdəv How to pronounce dove (audio) \

Definition of dove

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : any of numerous pigeons especially : a small wild pigeon
2 : a gentle woman or child
3 : one who takes a conciliatory attitude and advocates negotiations and compromise especially : an opponent of war — compare hawk entry 1

dove

\ ˈdōv How to pronounce dove (audio) \

Definition of dove (Entry 2 of 2)

past tense of dive

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Other Words from dove

Noun

dovish \ ˈdə-​vish How to pronounce dovish (audio) \ adjective
dovishness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for dove

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of dove in a Sentence

Noun The President sided with the doves and worked to avoid war. the doves were in favor of using the surplus to improve the nation's schools and not its weapons systems
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun On previous dove openers, hunts with Bill and Rolf proved productive enough to warrant the on-site grilling of these fine-eating birds. Star Tribune, "The dawn of mourning dove season arrives," 3 Sep. 2020 The dove and squirrel hunting seasons opened on Sept. 1, which seems far too early following the hot, dry weather of August. cleveland, "Lake Erie smallmouth bass a hot topic: NE Ohio fishing report for weekend of Sept. 4-6," 3 Sep. 2020 Even in a bad year, Texas dove hunting is better than most. Matt Williams, Dallas News, "Dove hunting season preview: Hunters will go far afield in quest for popular game bird," 29 Aug. 2020 Reddick dove for a full-extension, headfirst catch to conclude the Astros’ 10-8 victory. ExpressNews.com, "Josh Reddick’s diving catch preserves the Astros’ 10-8 win over the Rockies," 20 Aug. 2020 Even in a bad year, Texas dove hunting is better than most. Matt Williams, Dallas News, "Dove hunting season preview: Hunters will go far afield in quest for popular game bird," 29 Aug. 2020 Both the perennial flowers and the dove are known to represent innocence, purity, and new beginnings — a perfect symbol for a newborn. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "Katy Perry Welcomes First Child With Orlando Bloom," 27 Aug. 2020 Even in a bad year, Texas dove hunting is better than most. Matt Williams, ExpressNews.com, "In the age of COVID-19, dove hunting a respite," 20 Aug. 2020 One look at the smoke, and the three dove into the water and swam the short distance nearby docks, the fire chief said. Paul Walsh, Star Tribune, "3 people leap for their lives off burning boat into Lake Minnetonka," 17 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of dove

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dove

Noun

Middle English, from Old English *dūfe; akin to Old High German tūba dove

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Time Traveler for dove

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The first known use of dove was in the 13th century

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16 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Dove.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dove. Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for dove

dove

noun
How to pronounce dove (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of dove

: a small wild bird that is related to pigeons
: a person who does not want war and does want peace

dove

noun
\ ˈdəv How to pronounce dove (audio) \

Kids Definition of dove

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a bird that is related to the pigeon but usually of somewhat smaller size

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Kids Definition of dove (Entry 2 of 2)

past tense and past participle of dive

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