Definition of coven in English:



  • 1A group or gathering of witches who meet regularly.

    • ‘I was just about to rid myself of the coven of witches and now they've relaxed themselves back into their seats.’
    • ‘They are a diverse group - ranging from gaming clans to virtual covens of the magickal sort.’
    • ‘Willow was spending time with the coven of witches in Devon, trying to put her life back together.’
    • ‘I wanted to join a coven so I could learn the magickal arts and celebrate holidays together.’
    • ‘To begin with, the local council would be more than a meeting of coven representatives.’
    • ‘It was a massive castle made of stone and large enough to house almost 20 separate covens, nearly 1,000 witches!’
    • ‘He travels to a remote island where he uncovers a coven of witches engaged in outdoor orgies and human sacrifice.’
    • ‘It is understood that a coven of witches was held at Rathcroghan Caves on the recent Halloween night.’
    • ‘Any Witch who is part of a coven or more specifically a tradition can tell you this.’
    • ‘And just to keep things interesting, Bentley reportedly had a practicing witch - and a coven - for a number of years.’
    • ‘Welles plays the head of a witches coven, who has his heart set on raising his son from the dead.’
    • ‘On the first day of spring in 1996, our local newspaper ran an article about a local coven of witches.’
    • ‘Witches have been coming together as covens for centuries because groups have stronger magick than individuals.’
    • ‘Still others prefer little traditional covens and within each coven practice can vary.’
    • ‘Spiritual commitment isn't just being Wiccan a few times a month at coven meetings.’
    • ‘The classic number of people in a coven is thirteen, but many covens are smaller.’
    • ‘They all got together to talk about me, it was like a witches coven.’
    • ‘It starts off uniquely enough, with a coven of witches proclaiming their lust for vengeance against a Polish nobleman.’
    • ‘I didn't join a coven that officially declared me a Witch; I just knew.’
    • ‘Gardner claimed that in 1939 he had been initiated into one of the last remaining witch covens in Britain.’
    1. 1.1derogatory A secret or close-knit group of associates.
      ‘covens of militants within the party’
      • ‘She says New Music is meant to be enjoyed by large audiences, not simply a coven of woolly-haired academics.’
      • ‘Estrich's ideal society would be a cozy corporate coven where women's ways of wielding power would reign supreme.’
      • ‘They have brought with them from the trade union covens the unreconstructed prejudices of an underclass.’
      • ‘As a liberal, I had long suspected that we might have a secret coven over at CBS News.’
      • ‘Sometimes a great mystery writer is forgotten way too soon - and needs to be brought back to public attention by a coven of loyal fans.’


Mid 17th century: variant of covin.