in terms of a song, a cover is a song played/performed by someone other than the original performer/composer.
in terms of a band, a cover band is one which plays cover song of a particular band.
in terms of venue/event, a cover or cover charge is the payment made to get into a pub/bar/discotheque/night club/ exchangeable for food or drink and is normally in addition to the entry fee or instead of.
in terms of hospitality industry, refers to a place setting at a table for a specific meal, it can also refer to the number of people. (e.g.. 100 cover restaurant, means a 100 place setting or a 100 people can be seated in the restaurant)

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