from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A city of central England east-southeast of Birmingham. Famous as the home of Lady Godiva in the 11th century, Coventry was severely damaged in air raids during World War II (November 1940). Population: 303,000.
  • A town of west-central Rhode Island southwest of Providence. It was settled in 1643 and was formerly a noted lacemaking center. Population: 34,700.
  • n. A state of ostracism or exile: "It's not that smoke-filled rooms are back; smokers huddle in Coventry these days” ( Flora Lewis).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Banishment.
  • proper n. An industrial city in central England.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A town in the county of Warwick, England.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See snip-snap-snorem.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the state of being banished or ostracized (excluded from society by general consent)
  • n. an industrial city in central England; devastated by air raids during World War II; remembered as the home of Lady Godiva in the 11th century


After Coventry 1, England (possibly from the sending of Royalist prisoners there during the English Civil War).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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