hov·​el | \ ˈhə-vəl How to pronounce hovel (audio) , ˈhä- How to pronounce hovel (audio) \

Definition of hovel

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

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Examples of hovel in a Sentence

refugees living in crowded hovels
Recent Examples on the Web Before their new house was built, Reyes and her husband, Leandro Membreño, rented a hovel made of clay and galvanized metal sheets. Soudi Jiménez, Los Angeles Times, 17 June 2022 Hovey said her mom had asked her to be patient and wait until they were settled in that hovel-like shelter. Los Angeles Times, 14 Mar. 2022 These big things are displayed in Moreau’s studio, which is more an immense gallery than office, hovel, or workspace. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 10 Mar. 2022 After the building was demolished, Warner moved into a hovel at 406½ Francisco St., just steps away from the site of his beloved saloon. Gary Kamiya, San Francisco Chronicle, 5 Mar. 2021 Producers and directors whose story lines call for gritty hovels, classic capes, bungalows, grand beachfront properties and every sort of residence in between have an incentive to make do with the housing stock in the five boroughs. Joanne Kaufman, New York Times, 6 Sep. 2019 Inside, my hovel smelled musty as a summer cottage in the off-season. Wes Enzinna, Harper's magazine, 19 Nov. 2019 At the core of the play is the relationship between Sawyer and Scratch (Evan Jonigkeit), the alluring devil who one strange day appears in her hovel. Jordan Riefe, The Hollywood Reporter, 30 Aug. 2019 These days, Will and Kate live in Kensington Palace in London, but back in her bachelorette phase, Kate wasn't living in a hovel with roommates and subsisting on ramen and hope like many recent grads. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, 22 Sep. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of hovel

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hovel

Middle English

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“Hovel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hovel. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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hov·​el | \ ˈhə-vəl How to pronounce hovel (audio) , ˈhä- \

Kids Definition of hovel

: a small poorly built usually dirty house

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