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Cov·en·try 1

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).

Cov·en·try 2

A state of ostracism or exile: "It's not that smoke-filled rooms are back; smokers huddle in Coventry these days" (Flora Lewis).

[After Coventry1England (possibly from the sending of Royalist prisoners there during the English Civil War).]


1. (Placename) a city in central England, in Coventry unitary authority, West Midlands: devastated in World War II; modern cathedral (1954–62); industrial centre, esp for motor vehicles; two universities (1965, 1992). Pop: 303 475 (2001)
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a unitary authority in central England, in West Midlands. Pop: 305 000 (2003 est). Area: 97 sq km (37 sq miles)
3. send to Coventry to ostracize or ignore


(ˈkʌv ən tri, ˈkɒv-)

a city in West Midlands, in central England. 337,000.
send to Coventry, to ostracize.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Coventry - the state of being banished or ostracized (excluded from society by general consent)Coventry - the state of being banished or ostracized (excluded from society by general consent); "the association should get rid of its elderly members--not by euthanasia, of course, but by Coventry"
exclusion - the state of being excluded
2.Coventry - 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
England - a division of the United Kingdom


[ˈkɒvəntrɪ] N to send sb to Coventry (Brit) → hacer el vacío a algn


[ˈkɒvəntri] n
to send sb to Coventry (= ostracize) → mettre qn en quarantaine


n to send somebody to Coventry (Brit inf) → jdn schneiden (inf)


[ˈkɒvntrɪ] n to send sb to Coventry (fig) → dare l'ostracismo a qn
References in classic literature ?
You are the Hand they have sent to Coventry, I mean?
In fact, the solemn assembly, a levy of the School, had been held, at which the captain of the School had got up, and after premising that several instances had occurred of matters having been reported to the masters; that this was against public morality and School tradition; that a levy of the sixth had been held on the subject, and they had resolved that the practice must be stopped at once; and given out that any boy, in whatever form, who should thenceforth appeal to a master, without having first gone to some prepostor and laid the case before him, should be thrashed publicly, and sent to Coventry.
No artiste minded being sent to Coventry when the wonderful auditorium of the theatre was guaranteed to welcome you with the sounds of laughter and applause - of people enjoying themselves on a wellearned night out.
I have heard of people being sent to Coventry but to send the road races there is adding insult to injury to the sport of cycling which I have followed all of my life.
The midfielder, left, was born and bred in Burnley - but could well be sent to Coventry if Mark Robins' side seal three points.
Last Wednesday, I was sent to Coventry (I've always wanted to write that) to visit Avondale Nursery (avondalenursery .
Instead, Halsey has been sent to Coventry by the FA - quite literally.
Sent to Coventry hopes to echo the success of ITV's hit and E4's Made in Chelsea.
Clive sent to Coventry have signed experienced striker Clive Platt from Colchester.
There was a time that being sent to Coventry as considered a bad thing, a state of ostracisation.
ManYoo boss Sir Alex introduces the club's next generation of "starlets" before they were sent to Coventry.