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


    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

Examples from the Web for dovecot

Historical Examples of dovecot

  • Like frighted pigeons when the vulture darts upon the dovecot.

  • She didn't know what to do with her dovecot—nobody wanted it—so she's given it to me.

    The Limit

    Ada Leverson

  • The fans were now all agitation; 'twas like a flutter in a dovecot.

    The Lady of Lynn

    Walter Besant

  • When they arrive they perch at the window of the dovecot, where their mates and young await them.

  • Even the rabbit hutches were stone, and the dovecot and the cuddy for the fowls.

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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