Definition of covenant in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkəvənənt/


1An agreement.
Example sentences
  • But the fact that he is abusing the marriage covenant does not mean the marriage covenant does not exist.
  • This covenant belongs to the community as much as it belongs to the man and woman who enter it.
  • The marriage covenant is the foundation of the family.
1.1 Law A contract drawn up by deed.
Example sentences
  • The release was in consideration of ‘payments and covenants herein’.
  • Meaning of the fundamental covenants and treaties were adopted by Australian governments decades ago.
  • They can check if any deeds or covenants exist on neighbouring plots, which may restrict site access.
1.2 Law A clause in a contract.
Example sentences
  • In the lease the lessee's covenants were contained in clause 4.
  • The risk fee covenant clause is associated with the incentive fees on contract.
  • Finally, a fee risk covenant clause is included in the contract.
1.3 Theology An agreement that brings about a relationship of commitment between God and his people. The Jewish faith is based on the biblical covenants made with Abraham, Moses, and David. See also Ark of the Covenant.
Example sentences
  • The New Covenant permits Gentile Christians to be included in the covenant with Abraham.
  • It is God, because He is faithful to His covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, who has preserved the Jews.
  • He made a covenant with Abraham to be God to him and to his descendants after him.


[no object]
Agree, especially by lease, deed, or other legal contract: the landlord covenants to repair the property
More example sentences
  • Under clause 2 of the 1984 Deed the company covenanted to retain at least a part of the green land.
  • In this case the subtenant had covenanted with his landlord that he would repair the property.
  • Ctbn held the head lease of the 18th Floor in which the two companies also covenanted with the landlord.
undertake, contract, guarantee, pledge, promise, agree, engage, warrant, commit oneself, bind oneself



Old Covenant

Christian Theology The covenant between God and Israel in the Old Testament.
Example sentences
  • Tonight we are going to observe the New Covenant counterpart of the Old Covenant Passover.
  • This was the Old Covenant promise - ‘I will be with you.’
  • The speaker noted that the Sabbath was one of several signs given to the Old Covenant people.

New Covenant

Christian Theology The covenant between God and the followers of Jesus Christ.
Example sentences
  • First of all, he was not writing under the Old Covenant, but was writing to Christians under the New Covenant.
  • The New Covenant permits Gentile Christians to be included in the covenant with Abraham.
  • The writer traces our faith story from angels through Moses and on to the New Covenant.



Pronunciation: /ˌkəvəˈnantl/
Example sentences
  • The reader is left seeking an appraisal of the validity and relevance of Calvin's covenantal argument.
  • A Jewish wedding for us is not just a wedding, it is a covenantal affirmation that there is a Jewish future.
  • Marriage is a covenantal union of man and woman who become one.


Pronunciation: /ˈkəv(ə)nəntər/
(also chiefly Law covenantor) noun
Example sentences
  • The covenanters and Puritans found great benefit in personal covenanting with God.
  • In 1639 he joined the covenanters but changed sides, and spent several months in confinement in Edinburgh castle.
  • Reformers and covenanters alike were seen as crows: scavengers, not cultivators.


Middle English: from Old French, present participle of covenir 'agree', from Latin convenire (see convene).

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Syllabification: cov·e·nant

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