: a small wood without underbrush
a picnic grove
: a planting of fruit or nut trees

Examples of grove in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Instead, it’s geared for farms that grow fruits and vegetables, like the apple orchards in Washington, the orange groves in Florida and the peach trees in Georgia. Daniel Desrochers, Kansas City Star, 9 Apr. 2024 At the same grove where the oranges were harvested, there was a plant to produce frozen orange juice concentrate. Sheah Rarback, Miami Herald, 6 Apr. 2024 Where to Stay on Crete With picturesque olive groves sloping down to sandy beaches, Elounda has become something of a Cretan Riviera. Eleni N. Gage, Travel + Leisure, 1 Apr. 2024 At one well, where neighbors lamented the loss of a mango grove, a handwritten logbook listed the water runs of a crisis: 3:15 and 4:10 one morning; 12:58, 2:27 and 3:29 the next. Damien Cave Atul Loke, New York Times, 31 Mar. 2024 Neighbors and extended families would come together to work the groves covering these hills a dozen miles north of Ramallah. Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times, 28 Mar. 2024 The planned site—also called the Happy Birthday Circle—would feature a pavilion, a memorial and a picnic grove. Kellie B. Gormly, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 Mar. 2024 The green gold of Emilia Romagna Hotelier Gherardi is passionate about olive trees, with 150 hectares of new olive groves growing on the grounds of his farm-to-table resort and restaurants in the hills of Emilia Romagna. Irene S. Levine, Forbes, 24 Feb. 2024 The hotel’s location informs the interior design: Thirty minutes west of central Kyoto, the Arashiyama district is defined by nature, with the Katsura River at its center, and filled with bamboo groves and surrounded by forested mountains. John Wogan, New York Times, 1 Apr. 2024

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Word History


Middle English, from Old English grāf

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of grove was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Grove.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a small wood
especially : a group of trees without underbrush
an orange grove

Biographical Definition


biographical name

Sir George 1820–1900 English musicologist

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