(from the Fr. covine
, or couvine
, from Lat. convenire
, to come together), an association of persons, so used in the Statute of Labourers of 1360
, which, inter alia
, declared void all alliances and covins of stonemasons
The more common use of the term in English law was for a secret agreement between persons to cheat and defraud, but the word is now obsolete, and has been superseded by collusion or conspiracy to cheat and defraud.