covert

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English covert, from Old French covert, past participle of covrir (to cover) (corresponding to Latin coopertus); cognate to cover.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • Adjective:
    • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈkʌvət/, /ˈkəʊvəːt/
    • (US) IPA(key): /ˈkoʊvəɹt/, /koʊˈvɜɹt/, /ˈkʌvəɹt/
    • (file)
  • Noun:
    • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈkʌvət/, /ˈkəʊvəːt/, /ˈkʌvə/
    • (US) IPA(key): /ˈkʌvəɹt/, /ˈkoʊvəɹt/, /ˈkʌvəɹ/
  • (file)

Adjective[edit]

covert (comparative more covert, superlative most covert)

  1. (now rare) Hidden, covered over; overgrown, sheltered.
  2. (figuratively) Secret, surreptitious, concealed.
  3. (law, historical) Under coverture.
    Synonym: covert baron
    • 1880, Weekly Notes of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, the County Courts of Philadelphia, and the United States District and Circuit Courts for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, page 292:
      [] a separate use for a woman cannot be created unless she is covert, or unless in immediate contemplation of her marriage.
    • 1890, Albert Gibson, Robert McLean, Law Notes, page 77:
      [] in the second case, as long as the woman is covert she cannot anticipate the income, and a mere alienation of her interest is not an attempt to anticipate.
    • 1906, Abraham Clark Freeman, The American State Reports: Containing the Cases of General Value and Authority Subsequent to Those Contained in the "American Decisions" [1760-1869] and the "American Reports" [1869-1887] Decided in the Courts of Last Resort of the Several States [1886-1911], page 305:
      Being advised of the fact that the woman is covert, he stands charged with a knowledge of her disability . A married woman has no power to deal as principal if she is in fact a surety []

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Noun[edit]

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.

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covert

  1. inflection of covern:
    1. third-person singular present
    2. second-person plural present
    3. second-person plural subjunctive I
    4. plural imperative

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin coopertus.

Verb[edit]

covert

  1. past participle of covrir

Descendants[edit]

  • English: covert
  • French: couvert