Definitions for covertˈkoʊ vərt, ˈkʌv ərt; ˈkʌv ərt, ˈkoʊ vərt; ˈkʌv ərt; oʊˈvɜrt, ˈoʊ vərt; ˈkoʊ vərt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

co•vert*ˈkoʊ vərt, ˈkʌv ərt; ˈkʌv ərt, ˈkoʊ vərt; ˈkʌv ərt; oʊˈvɜrt, ˈoʊ vərt; ˈkoʊ vərt(adj.; n.)

  1. concealed; secret; disguised.

  2. covered; sheltered.

  3. (of a wife) under the legal protection of a husband.

    Category: Law

  4. (n.)a covering; cover.

  5. a shelter or hiding place.

  6. concealment or disguise.

  7. a thicket giving shelter to wild animals or game.

  8. Category: Ornithology

    Ref: Also called tectrix.

* Pron: covert has historically been pronouncedwith stressed (u), the vowel heard in cover, mother, some, and many other similarly spelled English words. As an adjective, however, covert , by analogy with overtits semantic opposite, has developed the pronunciationand this is the more common pronunciation in American English. For the noun,remains the more frequent pronunciation.

Origin of covert:

1275–1325; ME < AF, OF < L coopertus, ptp. of cooperīre to cover completely; see cover


Princeton's WordNet

  1. covert(noun)

    a flock of coots

  2. screen, cover, covert, concealment(adj)

    a covering that serves to conceal or shelter something

    "a screen of trees afforded privacy"; "under cover of darkness"; "the brush provided a covert for game"; "the simplest concealment is to match perfectly the color of the background"

  3. covert(adj)

    secret or hidden; not openly practiced or engaged in or shown or avowed

    "covert actions by the CIA"; "covert funding for the rebels"

  4. covert(adj)

    (of a wife) being under the protection of her husband

    "a woman covert"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. covert(adjective)ˈkoʊ vərt, ˈkʌv ərt; n. ˈkʌv ərt, ˈkoʊ vərt


    covert government operations; a covert look


  1. covert(Noun)

    Area of thick undergrowth where animals hide.

  2. covert(Noun)

    A feather that covers others

  3. covert(Adjective)

    Hidden, covered over; overgrown, sheltered.

  4. covert(Adjective)

    Secret, surreptitious, concealed.

  5. Origin: From covert, past participle of covrir (corresponding to coopertus); cognate to cover.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Covert(verb)

    covered over; private; hid; secret; disguised

  2. Covert(verb)

    sheltered; not open or exposed; retired; protected; as, a covert nook

  3. Covert(verb)

    under cover, authority or protection; as, a feme covert, a married woman who is considered as being under the protection and control of her husband

  4. Covert(adj)

    a place that covers and protects; a shelter; a defense

  5. Covert(adj)

    one of the special feathers covering the bases of the quills of the wings and tail of a bird. See Illust. of Bird


  1. Covert

    Covert is a town in Seneca County, New York, USA. The population was 2,227 at the 2000 census. The current Town Supervisor is Michael Reynolds. The Town of Covert is located in the southeast corner of the county and is northwest of Ithaca, New York.

Anagrams of covert

  1. vector


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