Definition of hovel noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈhɒvl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhʌvl//
(disapproving) How a building looks
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a house or room that is not fit to live in because it is dirty or in very bad condition Your house is a miserable hovel compared with my palace. See related entries: How a building looks Word Originlate Middle English: of unknown origin.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: hovel