- The definition of covert is secret or hidden.
An example of covert is a spy's secret plan for getting out of the country.
- A covert is defined as a shelter or a place to hide.
An example of covert is a basement during a bad storm.
- concealed, hidden, disguised, or surreptitious: a covert threat
- Archaic sheltered; protected
- Law protected by a husband: said of a married woman
Origin of covertOFr, past participle of covrir, cover
- a covered or protected place; shelter
- a hiding place for game, as underbrush or a thicket
- covert cloth
- Ornithology any of the small feathers covering a particular area of a bird, as the bases of the larger feathers of a wing or tail
- Not openly practiced, avowed, engaged in, accumulated, or shown: covert military operations; covert funding for the rebels. See Synonyms at secret.
- Covered or covered over; sheltered.
- Law Being married and therefore protected by one's husband.
- A covering or cover.
- a. A covered place or shelter; hiding place.b. Thick underbrush or woodland affording cover for game.
- Zoology One of the small feathers covering the bases of the longer feathers of a bird's wings or tail.
Origin of covertMiddle English from Old French from past participle of covrir to cover ; see cover .
(comparative more covert, superlative most covert)
From Old French covert, past participle of covrir (“to cover”) (corresponding to Latin coopertus); cognate to cover.