Covent Garden

Covent Garden
   obsolete English
   engaged in or ancillary to prostitution
   The London district, with the neighbouring Drury Lane, was a 17th-century haunt of prostitutes (see also Drury Lane ague). AS Covent is a corruption of convent, there were many ecclesiastical puns and witticisms. Thus a Covent Garden Abbess kept a brothel, or garden house, which contained Covent Garden goddesses.
   They often infected their customers with Covent Garden gout, or garden gout, venereal disease, the customers then being said to have broken their shins against Covent Garden rails.

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  • Covent Garden — …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • COVENT GARDEN — COVENT GARDE Sous le nom de Covent Garden, trois théâtres ont successivement occupé sur Bow Street, à Londres, le même site consacré. Le premier, inauguré le 7 décembre 1742 avec The Way of the World de Congreve, était surtout consacré au théâtre …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Covent Garden — Covent Cov ent (k?v ent), n. [OF. covent, F. couvent. See {Convent}.] A convent or monastery. [Obs.] Bale. [1913 Webster] {Covent Garden}, a large square in London, so called because originally it was the garden of a monastery. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Covent Garden —   [ kɔvənt gɑːdn], Platz im Zentrum Londons, früher der Klostergarten der Westminster Abbey, seit dem 17. Jahrhundert bis 1974 Gemüse , Obst und Blumenhauptmarkt von London; in den ehemaligen Markthallen heute Boutiquen und Cafés; am Platz steht… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Covent Garden — (spr. kóww nt), s. London …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Covent Garden — (spr. köww nt gahrd n), Marktplatz im W. von London, mit Coventgardentheater, Opernhaus …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Covent Garden — (izg. kòvent gárdn) m DEFINICIJA londonsko kazalište, osnovano poč. 18. st., danas stalna državna opera …   Hrvatski jezični portal

  • Covent Garden — This article is about the London district. For the theatre, see Royal Opera House. Coordinates: 51°30′43″N 0°07′22″W / 51.51197°N 0.1228°W / …   Wikipedia

  • Covent Garden — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Covent Garden (homonymie). Covent Garden L intérieur de l ancien marché …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Covent Garden — /kuv euhnt, kov / 1. a district in central London, England, formerly a vegetable and flower market. 2. a theater in this district, first built 1731 32, important in English theatrical history: home of the Royal Opera and Royal Ballet. * * *… …   Universalium

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