[ kuhv-ee ]
/ ˈkʌv i /

noun, plural cov·eys.

a brood or small flock of partridges or similar birds.
a group, set, or company.

Nearby words

  1. covert sensitization,
  2. coverture,
  3. covet,
  4. coveted,
  5. covetous,
  6. covilhã,
  7. covin,
  8. covina,
  9. covington,
  10. cow

Origin of covey

1400–50; Middle English, variant of covee < Anglo-French, Old French, noun use of feminine of past participle of cover to hatch < Latin cubāre to lie down; cf. couvade, concubine Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for covey


/ (ˈkʌvɪ) /


a small flock of grouse or partridge
a small group, as of people

Word Origin for covey

C14: from Old French covee, from cover to sit on, hatch; see couvade

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Word Origin and History for covey



mid-14c., "brood of partridges," from Middle French covée "brood" (Modern French couvée), from Gallo-Romance *cubata, literally "hatchling," from past participle stem of Latin cubare "to sit, incubate, hatch" (see incubation).

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