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Definition of "dove" []

  • Any of various widely distributed birds of the family Columbidae, which includes the pigeons, having a small head and a characteristic cooing call. (noun)
  • A gentle, innocent person. (noun)
  • A person who advocates peace, conciliation, or negotiation in preference to confrontation or armed conflict. (noun)
  • A past tense of dive1. See Usage Note at dive1. See Regional Note at wake1. (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "dove" in a sentence
  • "The image of a dove is also associated with Anne in her poem "Self-Communion" and with Helen Huntingdon, the heroine of The Tenant of Wildfell Hall."
  • "Fitzgerald finished with eight catches for 166 yards and a scintillating 29-yard catch-and-run TD on which he dove from the 3-yard line and stretched the football inside the pylon before falling out of bounds."
  • "So in both cases, the liberal dove is calling for negotiation."