There are 2 main definitions of howe in English:

Share this entry

Share this page

howe1

Line breaks: howe
Pronunciation: /haʊ
 
/

noun

Northern English
1A tumulus or barrow.
Example sentences
  • By far the commonest type of monument is the round barrow, known locally as a howe.
1.1 [in place names] A hill.
Example sentences
  • The authors believe the church is a part of a twelve and a half mile ley that joins Lastingham Church, the Black Howe Barrow and Dargate Dikes.
  • A short distance south of Shap village, the Kemp Howe stone circle is cut in two by the West Coast Main Line Railway.

Origin

Middle English: from Old Norse haugr 'mound', from a Germanic base meaning 'high'.

Share this entry

Share this page

 

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

There are 2 main definitions of howe in English:

Share this entry

Share this page

howe2

Line breaks: howe
Pronunciation: /haʊ
 
/

noun

Scottish & Northern English
A hollow place; a depression.
Example sentences
  • As usual this year, images from the 5,000-year-old howe are being broadcast on the Internet.

Origin

late Middle English: variant of Old English hol (see hole).

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.