Covent Garden

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /kʌvənt ɡɑːdən/, /kɒvənt ɡɑːdn/

Proper noun[edit]

Covent Garden

  1. A district in central London.
  2. The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

Derived terms[edit]


Covent Garden (plural Covent Gardens)

  1. (Cockney rhyming slang, archaic) A farthing.

Usage notes[edit]

The rhyme comes from a contemporary colloquial pronunciation of farthing as "farden" [ˈfɑː(ɹ)dən].


  • “Covent Garden” in Albert Barrère and Charles G[odfrey] Leland, compilers and editors, A Dictionary of Slang, Jargon & Cant, volume I (A–K), Edinburgh: The Ballantyne Press, 1889–1890, pages 275–276.
  • Farmer, John Stephen (1891) Slang and Its Analogues[1], volume 2, page 193