ha·​ven | \ ˈhā-vən How to pronounce haven (audio) \

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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Critics say Guatemala isn’t equipped to serve as a haven for the thousands of Salvadorans and Hondurans fleeing from violence in their home countries. Vivian Salama, WSJ, "Guatemala to Discuss Absorbing Central American Asylum Seekers," 11 July 2019 New York has long been heralded as a haven for renters: New York City helped pioneer regulations that now dictate the rents of almost one million apartments in the city. New York Times, "How New Rent Laws in N.Y. Help All Tenants," 21 June 2019 Created and directed by Audrey Williams and Marissa Pina, the film explores the idea of the beauty supply store as a haven for Black women, but one that also harbors a uniquely tumultuous and marred relationship. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "'Black Girl Church' Is Preaching Its Beauty Gospel Around The Country," 20 June 2019 Protesters feared that Beijing would use the law to pursue political targets, effectively ending Hong Kong’s special status as a haven for dissidents and political freedoms. Bethany Allen-ebrahimian, The New Republic, "The Depressing Reality Behind Hong Kong’s Protests," 20 June 2019 Originally introduced in 2002 as a haven for jam bands and late-night improvising sessions, Bonnaroo saw a record low attendance in 2016. Bailey Pennick, Fortune, "How Bonnaroo’s Elevated Campground Experiences Are Taking the Festival Beyond the Lineup," 12 June 2019 As a kind of dessert to the main course, the festival also treated us to a candid look at Dallas' growing identity as a haven for people who write books. Michael Granberry, Dallas News, "The Festival of Books and Ideas serves up a 5-day buffet of ideas for Dallas," 6 June 2019 Boston has a history as a safe haven for the LGBTQ community. The Washington Post, The Denver Post, "It’s LGBT pride month, but three guys in Boston want a permit for a “Straight Pride” parade," 5 June 2019 Boston has a history as a safe haven for the LGBTQ community. oregonlive.com, "It’s LGBT pride month, but three guys in Boston want a permit for a ‘Straight Pride’ parade," 4 June 2019

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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 How to pronounce haven (audio) \

Kids Definition of haven

: a safe place

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