Covent Garden


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Cov·ent Garden

 (kŭv′ənt, kŏv′-)
An area in London long noted for its produce market (established in 1671) and its royal theater (first built in 1731-1732). The market was moved to a site on the Thames River in 1974.
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Covent Garden

(ˈkʌvənt; ˈkɒv-)
n
1. (Placename) a district of central London: famous for its former fruit, vegetable, and flower market, now a shopping precinct
2. (Named Buildings) the Royal Opera House (built 1858) in Covent Garden
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Cov′ent Gar′den

(ˈkʌv ənt, ˈkɒv-)
n.
1. a district in central London, England, formerly a vegetable and flower market.
2. a historic theater in this district, first built 1731–32.
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References in classic literature ?
The address I cannot call to mind quite so correctly; but I am almost sure it was at some theatrical place in Bow Street, Covent Garden. Let me entreat you not to lose a moment in sending to make the necessary inquiries; the first trace of her will, I firmly believe, be found at that address.
Philander and Gustavus, after having raised their reputation by their Performances in the Theatrical Line at Edinburgh, removed to Covent Garden, where they still exhibit under the assumed names of LUVIS and QUICK.
(for walk she doth in the print) to Covent Garden church, with a starved foot-boy behind carrying her prayer-book.
The fact is, I have been out on your account - not that that is any excuse - for I thought, coming from the country, you might like a little fruit after dinner, and I went to Covent Garden Market to get it good."
Repairing to a noted coffee-house in Covent Garden when he left the locksmith's, Mr Chester sat long over a late dinner, entertaining himself exceedingly with the whimsical recollection of his recent proceedings, and congratulating himself very much on his great cleverness.
It was Covent Garden Theatre that I chose; and there, from the back of a centre box, I saw Julius Caesar and the new Pantomime.
Stumblingly pursuing these two designs--they both meant rum, the only meaning of which he was capable--the degraded creature staggered into Covent Garden Market and there bivouacked, to have an attack of the trembles succeeded by an attack of the horrors, in a doorway.
"But surely the atmosphere of Covent Garden is even more oppressive."
Paul's, Covent Garden. If not the greatest actor of his day, Kynaston was the greatest of the 'boy-actresses.' So exalted was his reputation 'that,' says Downes, 'it has since been disputable among the judicious, whether any woman that succeeded him so sensibly touched the audience as he.'"
I agreed with him as to the utter impossibility of making it elevenpence ha'penny; but at the same time I resolved to one day decoy him to an eating-house I remembered near Covent Garden, where the waiter, for the better discharge of his duties, goes about in his shirt-sleeves--and very dirty sleeves they are, too, when it gets near the end of the month.
"That is all very well, " she answered, "but I am not sure that we ought to be in the gallery at Covent Garden together, with a chaperon who will sleep!"
"Well, I got the two dozen from a salesman in Covent Garden."