dove: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (duv), [key]
— n.
  1. any bird of the family Columbidae, esp. the smaller species with pointed tails. Cf. pigeon (def. 1).
  2. a pure white member of this species, used as a symbol of innocence, gentleness, tenderness, and peace.
  3. (cap.) a symbol for the Holy Ghost.
  4. an innocent, gentle, or tender person.
  5. Also calleda person, esp. one in public office, who advocates peace or a conciliatory national attitude. Cf. hawk (def. 4).
  6. See
  7. (cap.)the constellation Columba.


Pronunciation: (dōv), [key]
— v.
  1. a pt. of


Pronunciation: (duv), [key]
  1. 1880–1946, U.S. painter.
  2. born 1952, U.S. poet and educator: U.S. poet laureate 1993.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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