1. a small wood or forested area, usually with no undergrowth: a grove of pines.
  2. a small orchard or stand of fruit-bearing trees, especially citrus trees: a grove of lemon trees.

Origin of grove

before 900; Middle English; Old English grāf
Related formsgroved, adjectivegrove·less, adjective

Synonyms for grove

1. See forest. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for groves

Contemporary Examples of groves

Historical Examples of groves

  • The victors at the Olympic Games had their statues placed in the groves.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • "I mean the philosopher, who teaches in the groves of Academus," continued he.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • In every shallow ravine were groves of tree ferns forty feet tall.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White

  • Or it may be “llwyv,” an elm tree, in reference to the devastation of the groves just mentioned.

    Y Gododin


  • Tell Mrs. Trafford luncheon is ready, Groves, and say Mr. Butler is here.

    Tony Butler

    Charles James Lever

British Dictionary definitions for groves


  1. Sir Charles. 1915–92, English orchestral conductor


  1. a small wooded area or plantation
    1. a road lined with houses and often trees, esp in a suburban area
    2. (capital as part of a street name)Ladbroke Grove

Word Origin for grove

Old English grāf; related to grǣfa thicket, greave, Norwegian greivla to intertwine
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Word Origin and History for groves



Old English graf "grove, copse" (akin to græafa "thicket"), from Proto-Germanic *graibo-, but not certainly found in other Germanic languages and with no known cognates anywhere else.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper