chiefly British
: a place of escape or refuge

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Around that time, some smaller properties also debuted — boutique charmers like Castello di Vicarello, Borgo Santo Pietro, Villa Fontelunga, and the Val d'Orcia bolt-hole La Bandita Country Hotel. Lee Marshall, Travel + Leisure, 14 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1851, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bolt-hole was circa 1851

Dictionary Entries Near bolt-hole

Cite this Entry

“Bolt-hole.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2023.

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