from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Not openly practiced, avowed, engaged in, accumulated, or shown: covert military operations; covert funding for the rebels. See Synonyms at secret.
- adj. Covered or covered over; sheltered.
- adj. Law Being married and therefore protected by one's husband.
- n. A covering or cover.
- n. A covered place or shelter; hiding place.
- n. Thick underbrush or woodland affording cover for game.
- n. Zoology One of the small feathers covering the bases of the longer feathers of a bird's wings or tail.
- n. A flock of coots. See Synonyms at flock1.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Hidden, covered over; overgrown, sheltered.
- adj. Secret, surreptitious, concealed.
- n. Area of thick undergrowth where animals hide.
- n. A feather that covers others
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Covered over; private; hid; secret; disguised.
- adj. Sheltered; not open or exposed; retired; protected.
- adj. Under cover, authority or protection.
- n. A place that covers and protects; a shelter; a defense.
- n. One of the special feathers covering the bases of the quills of the wings and tail of a bird. See Illust. of Bird.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Covered; hidden; private; secret; concealed; disguised.
- Sheltered; not open or exposed: as, a covert place.
- In law, under cover, authority, or protection: said of a married woman. See feme covert, under feme.
- n. A protection; a shelter; a defense; something that covers and shelters.
- n. Something that conceals or hides; a screen; a disguise; a pretext; an excuse.
- n. A thicket; a shady place or a hiding-place; a cover for game.
- n. Same as coverture, 3.
- n. In fowling, a company; a flock.
- n. plural In ornithology, feathers covering the bases, or more, of the large feathers of the wing or tail; the tectrices.
- To cover.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a flock of coots
- n. a covering that serves to conceal or shelter something
- adj. (of a wife) being under the protection of her husband
- adj. secret or hidden; not openly practiced or engaged in or shown or avowed
Middle English, from Old French, from past participle of covrir, to cover; see cover.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French covert, past participle of covrir ("to cover") (corresponding to Latin coopertus); cognate to cover. (Wiktionary)