abri

noun
\ȧbrē\
plural abris\ -​ē(z) \

Definition of abri 

: shelter especially : a dugout or cavity in a hillside

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First Known Use of abri

1761, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for abri

borrowed from French, going back to Old French, noun derivative of abrier “to shelter, protect,” going back to Late Latin aprīcāre “to expose to the sun (and hence protect from wind, cold, etc.), ” alteration of the Latin deponent verb aprīcārī “to sun oneself, bask in the sunshine,” derivative of aprīcus “exposed to the sun, sunny”

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