[ 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/ .

Words Nearby dovecote Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use dovecote in a sentence

  • To eastward and to westward have spread the Tuscan bands; Nor house, nor fence, nor dovecote in Crustumerium stands.

  • We jostled the loungers in a low-caste drinking shop and pushed on to a dark stair that rose like the ladder of a dovecote.

  • The dovecote is in the background, in the foreground the pretty French maid feeding the pretty pigeons.

  • They went into a deserted dovecote, where they found nothing but a basin full of water and a basket full of vetch.

    Pinocchio | C. Collodi
  • Not ever the butcher or the baker or the candlestick-maker forced an entrance to that innocent dovecote.

    Short Sixes | H. C. Bunner

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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