Also found in: Legal, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.


1. One who makes a covenant.
2. Covenanter A Scottish Presbyterian who supported either of two agreements, the National Covenant of 1638 or the Solemn League and Covenant of 1643, intended to defend and extend Presbyterianism.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


(ˈkʌvənəntə; ˌkʌvəˈnæntə)
(Historical Terms) a person upholding the National Covenant of 1638 or the Solemn League and Covenant of 1643 between Scotland and England to establish and defend Presbyterianism
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014


(ˈkʌv ə nən tər; for 2 also Scot. ˌkʌv əˈnæn tər)

1. a person who makes a covenant.
2. (cap.) a person who upheld the Scottish National Covenant or the Solemn League and Covenant.
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.


[ˈkʌvɪnəntəʳ] N (Scot) (Hist) → firmante mf de un pacto
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
References in classic literature ?
This, as you know, is the important point of distinction between the Covenanter and the Cavalier."
And indeed it must be owned that both my scruples and the words in which I declared them, smacked somewhat of the Covenanter, and were little in their place among wild Highland Jacobites.
"Yes; but the Scots were cruel compatriots for me, sire; they had forced me to forsake the religion of my fathers; they had hung Lord Montrose, the most devoted of my servants, because he was not a Covenanter; and as the poor martyr, to whom they had offered a favor when dying, had asked that his body might be cut into as many pieces as there are cities in Scotland, in order that evidence of his fidelity might be met with everywhere, I could not leave one city, or go into another, without passing under some fragments of a body which had acted, fought, and breathed for me.
At the end of his analysis, Hay concludes that the Covenanter movement failed because its "eyes were ever on the past" while the Presbyterian Church, by adapting to the conditions of its context, grew and spread.
Lanarkshire's Lord Lieutenant Hutchison Sneddon unveiled a cairn in memory of Covenanter Arthur Inglis at the Reformed Presbyterian Church in Kenilworth Avenue.
The negative word comes from the traditional Korean contract term "gap" (party A, who leads as contractor) and "eul" (party B, who is led as covenanter) and "jil" is a suffix that negatively refers to particular doing or act.
He cited three supporting texts, but failed to note that the New Testament was the product of an infant church strongly influenced by contemporary Hebrew images of Yahweh as warrior, lawgiver and covenanter. Yahweh punishes the unrepentant sinner and bargains with those who desire his blessing.
I agree with Helmut Isaak that during the Anabaptist rule of Munster, Menno Simons, priest of Witmarsum, became a fellow traveling "Covenanter" in the apocalyptic crusade of the Munsterites.
John Coffey makes an important contribution to the surprisingly thin number of serious studies of Covenanter political thought.
Instead Carlton quotes Sir James Turner (95), a former covenanter serving in the Scottish Royal Army that officers served only for money.
Uncle Blair is a Covenanter who clings to his religion, defying the king who claims to be head of the church.
A covenant is a contract in which the covenanter makes a promise to a covenantee to do or not do some action.