Main definitions of howe in English

: howe1howe2

howe1

noun

Northern English
  • 1A tumulus or barrow.

    • ‘By far the commonest type of monument is the round barrow, known locally as a howe.’
    1. 1.1in place names A hill.
      • ‘The authors believe the church is a part of a twelve and a half mile ley that joins Lastingham Church, the Black Howe Barrow and Dargate Dikes.’
      • ‘A short distance south of Shap village, the Kemp Howe stone circle is cut in two by the West Coast Main Line Railway.’

Origin

Middle English: from Old Norse haugr ‘mound’, from a Germanic base meaning ‘high’.

Pronunciation

howe

/haʊ/

Main definitions of howe in English

: howe1howe2

howe2

noun

Northern English, Scottish
  • A hollow place; a depression.

    • ‘As usual this year, images from the 5,000-year-old howe are being broadcast on the Internet.’

Origin

Late Middle English: variant of Old English hol (see hole).

Pronunciation

howe

/haʊ/