A dove in flight.
- An example of a dove is a little white bird with a round body, small head and short legs that makes cooing sounds.
- An example of a dove is a congressperson who does not want the U. S. to go to war.
- pigeon, esp. the smaller species: it is often used as a symbol of peace
- an advocate of measures in international affairs designed to avoid or reduce open hostilities
- a person regarded as gentle, innocent, or beloved
Origin of doveMiddle English douve from Old English an unverified form dufe or Old Norse d?fa, akin to Gothic d?bo, German taube from Indo-European an unverified form dheubh-, obscured, dark (of color) from base an unverified form dheu-: see dull
- Any of various widely distributed birds of the family Columbidae, which includes the pigeons, having a small head and a characteristic cooing call.
- A gentle, innocent person.
- A person who advocates peace, conciliation, or negotiation in preference to confrontation or armed conflict.
Origin of doveMiddle English douve from Old English dūfe
- A pigeon, especially one smaller in size; a bird (often arbitrarily called either a pigeon or a dove or both) of more than 300 species of the family Columbidae.
- (politics) A person favouring conciliation and negotiation rather than conflict (as opposed to hawk).
- Term of endearment for one regarded as pure and gentle.
From Middle English dove, douve, duve, from Old English *dūfe (“dove, pigeon”), from Proto-Germanic *dūbǭ (“dove”), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰeubʰ- (“to whisk, smoke, be obscure”). Cognate with Scots doo, dow (“dove”), West Frisian do (“dove”), Dutch duif (“dove, pigeon”), Low German (Low Saxon) Duuv (“dove, pigeon”), German Taube (“dove, pigeon”), Danish due (“dove”), Swedish duva (“dove”), Icelandic dúfa (“dove”), Gothic (dubo).
- See dive for dived vs. dove.