- any of several small to medium-sized Old World doves of the genus Streptopelia, especially S. turtur, of Europe, having a long, graduated tail: noted for its soft, cooing call.
- mourning dove.
- a sweetheart or beloved mate.
Origin of turtledove
Examples from the Web for turtledoves
Contemporary Examples of turtledoves
Basil, cucumber, mangoes, the cooing of turtledoves on torrid afternoons, the screech of buses coming to a sudden halt.André Aciman: How I Write
November 28, 2012
Historical Examples of turtledoves
She had much to say of dew and roses, turtledoves and the arrows of Cupid.Beauty and The Beast, and Tales From Home
Yet I will not answer for it that we shall spend our life like a pair of turtledoves.Life of Elie Metchnikoff, 1845-1916
They were turned to turtledoves, and flew away with drooping wings.
I have watched you, and I own a prettier pair of turtledoves I never saw.The Woman-Hater
Soon three turtledoves came from the sky flapping their wings and perched gently on the border of the pond.
- any of several Old World doves of the genus Streptopelia, having a brown plumage with speckled wings and a long dark tail
- a gentle or loving person