see also: Covert
  • Adjective:
    • (British) IPA: /ˈkʌvət/, /ˈkəʊvəːt/
    • (America) IPA: /ˈkoʊvəɹt/, /koʊˈvɜɹt/, /ˈkʌvəɹt/
  • Noun:
    • (British) IPA: /ˈkʌvət/, /ˈkəʊvəːt/, /ˈkʌvə/
    • (America) IPA: /ˈkʌvəɹt/, /ˈkoʊvəɹt/, /ˈkʌvəɹ/


  1. (now rare) Hidden, covered over; overgrown, sheltered.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.5:
      Within that wood there was a covert glade, / Foreby a narrow foord, to them well knowne […]
    • 1625, Francis Bacon, Of Gardens
      to plant a covert alley
  2. (figuratively) Secret, surreptitious, concealed.
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Ivlivs Cæsar”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act IV, scene i]:
      how covert matters may be best disclosed
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 2”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
      whether of open war or covert guile
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covert (plural coverts)

  1. A covering.
  2. A disguise.
  3. A hiding place.
  4. Area of thick undergrowth where animals hide.
  5. (ornithology) A feather that covers the bases of flight feathers.

Proper noun
  1. Surname

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