[ duhv-koht ]

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

Idioms about dovecote

  1. 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.

Origin of dovecote

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425; see origin at dove1, cote1
  • Also dove·cot [duhv-kot] /ˈdʌv kɒt/ . Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use dovecote in a sentence

  • A rough fellow with a gun was coolly standing near the great dovecot and shooting at the pigeons.

    The False Chevalier | William Douw Lighthall
  • They would permit me to go into their dovecot, without retreating; but the dam would often oppose my taking her young ones.

  • The Oorya, not unanxious to play off one parasite against the other, slunk away towards the dovecot.

    Kim | Rudyard Kipling
  • Hurree Babu come out from behind the dovecot, washing his teeth with ostentatious ritual.

    Kim | Rudyard Kipling
  • They are essentially home-girls, family-girls, doves who cannot exist without a dovecot, however humble.

British Dictionary definitions for dovecote


dovecot (ˈdʌvˌkɒt)

/ (ˈdʌvˌkəʊt) /

  1. 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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