\ ˈgrōv \

Definition of grove 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a small wood without underbrush a picnic grove

2 : a planting of fruit or nut trees


biographical name
\ ˈgrōv \

Definition of Grove (Entry 2 of 2)

Sir George 1820–1900 English musicologist

Examples of grove in a Sentence

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Citrus grove owners almost immediately decried the plant, its noise, dust and smell. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "Controversy in the air as Mesa homeowners decry neighboring asphalt plant’s odors," 11 July 2018 His family business, the 75-year-old Lawrence Group, owns one of the largest citrus groves in Florida, in addition to land in Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas and Mississippi. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, "Napa wine legend Heitz sells to Arkansas billionaire Gaylon Lawrence Jr.," 18 Apr. 2018 Set your alarm to make the 6 a.m. Sunrise Flight ($168 per person weekdays, $178 on weekends), which offers groups of four to 14 vistas of vast vineyards, horse ranches, and citrus groves. Los Angeles Magazine, "Rise and Shine with a Morning Hot Air Balloon Ride," 10 Jan. 2018 Your grove of crabapples has likely grown big enough to start more dramatically affecting the lawn. Tim Johnson,, "Lawn thinning out beneath a cluster of trees? Too much shade could be wreaking havoc," 10 July 2018 In Mount Healthy, a farmer named Charles Cheney bought a farm and planted it with groves of mulberry bushes. Polly Campbell,, "Mt. Healthy neighbors gather mulberries for Fibonacci beer," 29 June 2018 Monarchs, famously, fly across much of North America, starting or ending their journeys in one of a few groves of trees in central Mexico. The Economist, "The first clear evidence of a sense of magnetism in insects," 21 June 2018 One of the pleasures of Flower Power is strolling the meadows and groves of San Francisco’s Botanical Garden and hearing piano music in the distance, drawing you nearer. Jesse Hamlin,, "Arts & Ends: Flower Power returns for fourth season," 12 June 2018 Few of the new arrivals here have found work in the cities or tent encampments popping up across this agricultural region known for its olive groves. Raja Abdulrahim, WSJ, "Syrians Meet Economic Desperation in a Rebel Stronghold," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of grove


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

History and Etymology for grove


Middle English, from Old English grāf

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

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English Language Learners Definition of grove

: a small group of trees; especially : a group of trees that produce fruit or nuts


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Kids Definition of grove

: a small forest or group of planted trees

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