ha·ven | \ ˈhā-vən \

Definition of haven 

1 : harbor, port

2 : a place of safety : refuge

3 : a place offering favorable opportunities or conditions a haven for artists

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Other words from haven

haven transitive verb

Examples of haven in a Sentence

The shelter offers a haven from abusive spouses. The inn is a haven for weary travelers. This national park provides a safe haven for wildlife.
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Europe’s history is bloody and the idea of it as a haven is relatively new. Jason Horowitz, New York Times, "This Italian Town Once Welcomed Migrants. Now, It’s a Symbol for Right-Wing Politics," 7 July 2018 For some members of the community, havens are still important. Karla Peterson, sandiegouniontribune.com, "New KPBS documentary is a toast to San Diego's gay bar history," 12 June 2018 Note: Tax havens are low-tax countries identified by paper’s authors. Richard Rubin, WSJ, "Corporations Push Profits Into Tax Havens as Countries Struggle in Pursuit, Study Says," 10 June 2018 Just a little more than 11 miles west of Perth, Rottnest Island is a sun-worshipper's haven, with beaches and bays ready for surfers, snorkelers, swimmers, and divers. Condé Nast Traveler, "Car-Free Destinations for Your Next Island Vacation," 1 June 2018 Cerreta Candy Company Treat yourself to a sweet time in this iconic candy haven. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "11 food tours in Phoenix for best restaurants, breweries, coffee shops," 14 May 2018 Is a homer haven for a guy who’s given up 27 of ‘em in his last 120 innings, streets roll up at 10 PM. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Paul Daugherty's TML: Knee-jerking our way through Cincinnati Reds season is not smart," 10 May 2018 Eight Places to Look for Volcanic Wines Santorini, Greece This picture-perfect tourist haven in the Aegean sea produces some of the best examples of volcanic wines. Bloomberg.com, "Volcanic Wines Are Heating Up Around the Globe," 30 Mar. 2018 Another haven away from home is Nima Local House Hotel, a hotel situated in a beautiful, restored house decorated with a mix of traditional and contemporary Mexican design. Rachel Waldman, Vogue, "Wandering Colonia Roma, The Williamsburg of Mexico City," 16 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of haven

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for haven

Middle English, from Old English hæfen; akin to Middle High German habene harbor

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English Language Learners Definition of haven

: a place where you are protected from danger, trouble, etc.


ha·ven | \ ˈhā-vən \

Kids Definition of haven

: a safe place

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