hovel

noun hov·el \ ˈhə-vəl , ˈhä- \
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


HOVEL Defined for English Language Learners

hovel

  • : a small, poorly built and often dirty house


HOVEL Defined for Kids

hovel

noun hov·el \ ˈhə-vəl , ˈhä- \
: a small poorly built usually dirty house


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