Definition of dovecote in English:


(also dovecot)


  • A shelter with nest holes for domesticated pigeons.

    • ‘Town clerk Graham Gittins said Chester City Council had halved the city's pigeon flock by introducing dovecotes in strategic areas and attracting birds to roost in them by providing food.’
    • ‘We sat on the village bench, pulled on our boots, speculated on how many of the pretty sandstone houses were holiday cottages and eventually realised that the immobile pigeon in a dovecote was not alive, but not dead either.’
    • ‘The council is also launching a leaflet campaign to aimed at people who feed the birds on a regular basis, asking them to feed the pigeons at the dovecote.’
    • ‘He has just spent the evening opening up the three of the six holes in their dovecote that were previously blanked off to make more room.’
    • ‘They live with his parrots and pigeons in a dovecote.’
    • ‘The nearby dovecote is unusually capacious, with 1,380 nesting holes.’
    • ‘So theft could not apply to pigeons that are flying in the air, but it may apply to pigeons in a dovecote.’
    • ‘Doocots, or dovecots, were built for pigeons or doves to nest in.’
    • ‘He said one suggestion made to the town council, and apparently successful in other towns, was to erect dovecotes to attract the birds, give them feed containing a contraceptive and have their eggs removed regularly.’
    • ‘At the back, a private garden for the residents, complete with sun room, summer house, duck-pen and dovecotes, as well as several bird-tables, the largest shaped like an old schoolhouse.’
    • ‘Last Tuesday the council's town development committee voted to put aside £10,000 in next year's budget to provide dovecotes in the hope of coaxing the birds away from the town centre.’
    • ‘A review of where dovecotes and designated feeding areas could be located in the town should get under way by mid-July, with egg removal or egg-oiling methods used to control the population.’
    • ‘Then passed 12 years of me gazing longingly at dovecotes in stately home gardens, and becoming increasingly fascinated by the metaphorical possibilities of dovecotes in my soul.’
    • ‘He wanted to restore the elegant dovecote, which has 880 nesting boxes in 16 tiers, and turn it into a versatile glass-and-steel living space with a glazed extension, without losing the integrity of the original building.’
    • ‘Some nominations are illustrated here, and other examples range from a dovecote complete with nesting boxes in an old barn at Askham Richard, a community hall at Nether Poppleton and the butchers' shop at Bishopthorpe.’
    • ‘The new doves were allowed to fly for the first time today (they have to be kept in an aviary over their dovecote for the first few weeks to develop/re-set their sense of ‘home’).’
    • ‘As finance minister under hiss leadership he had the ‘modernising government’ brief as well, and began to ruffle many feathers in the bureaucratic dovecote.’
    • ‘By the barn pond, a Scandinavian-looking dovecote stands starkly above the water, complete with two carved wooden doves.’
    • ‘One remedy being considered is the provision of a dovecote where controlled feeding could take place.’
    • ‘Sheltered from the wind, our table overlooked the renovated ‘lake’ and active dovecote.’


    flutter the dovecotes
    • Startle or upset a sedate or conventionally minded community.

      ‘it is his promotion that will flutter the dovecotes most of all’
      • ‘Something which would, of course, flutter the dovecoats if it were suggested in one of Derrida’s essays.’