Definition of covering letter in English:

covering letter

(also covering note) (North American cover letter)

noun

British
  • A letter sent with, and explaining the contents of, another document or a parcel of goods.

    ‘you will need to write a covering letter to send with your CV’
    • ‘If there was a covering letter, this has unfortunately been lost.’
    • ‘The best way to get noticed is to write a clear, articulate covering letter and CV.’
    • ‘I sent a long covering letter with an updated CV to the area manager.’
    • ‘The covering letter was translated from English to French.’
    • ‘To apply for this post please send a CV and covering letter.’

Pronunciation

covering letter