- The definition of a cove is a sheltered or covered area such as a bay or a nook in cliffs.
An example of a cove is a small area on the beach shielded by rocks.
- Cove is defined as to curve or form a curve.
An example of cove is to form a curved molding.
cove definition by Webster's New World
- a sheltered nook or recess, as in cliffs
- a small bay or inlet
- ☆ a small valley or pass
- ☆ a strip of open land extending into the woods
- a concave molding, esp. one where the wall meets the ceiling or floor
- a trough for concealed light fixtures on a wall near a ceiling
- a concave arch or vault
Origin: Middle English ; from Old English cofa, cave, cell ; from Indo-European an unverified form gupā, den ; from base an unverified form geu-, to bend, arch from source cod, coomb
Origin: Romany covo, that man
cove definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A small sheltered bay in the shoreline of a sea, river, or lake.
- a. A recess or small valley in the side of a mountain.b. A cave or cavern.
- A narrow gap or pass between hills or woods.
- Architecture a. A concave molding.b. A concave surface forming a junction between a ceiling and a wall. Also called coving.
Origin: Middle English, chamber, cave, from Old English cofa.
noun Chiefly British
Origin: Probably from Romany kova, man.