hovel

noun hov·el \ ˈhə-vəl , ˈhä- \

Definition of hovel

1 : an open shed or shelter
2 religion : tabernacle
3 : a small, wretched, and often dirty house : hut

Examples of hovel in a Sentence

  1. refugees living in crowded hovels

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Origin and Etymology of hovel

Middle English

hovel Synonyms

Synonyms
cabin, camp, hooch (or hootch) [slang], shack, hut, hutch, hutment, shanty
Related Words
lean-to, shed; cot, cottage, lodge; cabana; bungalow, chalet; hogan, wickiup, wigwam; tent

HOVEL Defined for English Language Learners

hovel

noun

Definition of hovel for English Language Learners

  • : a small, poorly built and often dirty house


HOVEL Defined for Kids

hovel

noun hov·el \ ˈhə-vəl , ˈhä- \

Definition of hovel for Students

: a small poorly built usually dirty house


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