[kuhv-uh-nuh n-ter; for 2 also Scot. kuhv-uh-nan-ter]
  1. a person who makes a covenant.
  2. (initial capital letter) Scottish History. a person who, by solemn agreement, pledged to uphold Presbyterianism, especially an adherent of the National Covenant or the Solemn League and Covenant.

Origin of covenanter

First recorded in 1630–40; covenant + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of covenanter

  • The patriot is a patriot still; and the covenanter is a covenanter still.

  • The temperament of the Covenanter was of the non-conductor type.

    Thomas Carlyle

    Hector Carsewell Macpherson

  • For a hypocrite give 154 me a Covenanter, and, of course, the higher they are the cleverer.

  • Read,” said the Covenanter, “for the writing surely is plain.

  • Colonel Graham might order the Covenanter to be shot, and that were dreadful enough.

British Dictionary definitions for covenanter


  1. a person upholding the National Covenant of 1638 or the Solemn League and Covenant of 1643 between Scotland and England to establish and defend Presbyterianism
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