noun, plural dis·cov·er·ies.

the act or an instance of discovering.
something discovered.
Law. compulsory disclosure, as of facts or documents.
(initial capital letter, italics) U.S. Aerospace. the third space shuttle to orbit and return to earth.

Origin of discovery

First recorded in 1545–55; discover + -y3
Related formsnon·dis·cov·er·y, noun, plural non·dis·cov·er·ies.pre·dis·cov·er·y, noun, plural pre·dis·cov·er··dis·cov·er·y, noun, plural re·dis·cov·er·ies.self-dis·cov·er·y, noun, plural self·-dis·cov·er·ies. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of discovery

Historical Examples of discovery

  • But what would be the effect of the other discovery we have imagined?

  • There was no danger of discovery on his approach, for it was a wild night of wind and rain.

  • But the discovery and punishment of the other guilty ones will.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • The only dread she had was of the discovery of her escapade by the hospital authorities.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • The discovery of Tillie's hiding-place interested but did not thrill him.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

British Dictionary definitions for discovery


noun plural -eries

the act, process, or an instance of discovering
a person, place, or thing that has been discovered
law the compulsory disclosure by a party to an action of relevant documents in his possession
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Word Origin and History for discovery

1550s, "fact of discovering;" see discover + -y (1). Earlier in this sense was discovering (mid-14c.). Meaning "that which is discovered" is from 1630s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper