a structure, usually at a height above the ground, for housing domestic pigeons.

Nearby words

  1. dove,
  2. dove color,
  3. dove prion,
  4. dove prism,
  5. dove, rita,
  6. dovekie,
  7. doven,
  8. dover,
  9. dover's powder,
  10. dover, strait of


    flutter the dovecotes, to cause a stir in a quiet or conservative institution or group: The flamboyant manner of the tourists fluttered the dovecotes of the sleepy New England town.

Also dove·cot [duhv-kot] /ˈdʌv kɒt/.

Origin of dovecote

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425; see origin at dove1, cote1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for dovecot


dovecot (ˈdʌvˌkɒt)


a structure for housing pigeons, often raised on a pole or set on a wall, containing compartments for the birds to roost and lay eggs
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Word Origin and History for dovecot



early 15c., from dove (n.) + cote.

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