One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- another term for cover (sense 5 of the noun)
- ‘'Course by the time you put the couvert on, the water, one of the less expensive bottles of wine, it was a lot, lot more than that.’
- ‘When you dine, be sure to waive off the couvert when it arrives.’
Mid 18th century: French, past participle (used as a noun) of couvrir ‘to cover’.
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