haven

noun
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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Prices are roughly flat on the year and in May, supported at times by safe-haven buying amid stock-market volatility... Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, "Gold Slides With Dollar Rallying," 17 May 2019 The Temple House, Chengdu, China Built on the bones of an old temple (hence the name), this 142-room hotel is a haven for the hip and slightly edgy, and reflective of wider development in the Chengdu area. Betsy Blumenthal, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Hotels in the World: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 When your own house or your school can be attacked without qualms, when traditional safe-havens become targets, how can boys and girls escape the brutality of war? Satoshi Sugiyama, New York Times, "U.N. Reports Sharp Increase in Children Killed or Maimed in Conflicts," 27 June 2018 Markets slip Overnight, the MSCI Asia Pacific Index fell less than 0.1 percent, while Japan’s Topix index closed 0.3 percent lower as North Korean backsliding over the Trump summit spurred haven demand for the yen. Lorcan Roche Kelly, Bloomberg.com, "Five Things You Need to Know to Start Your Day," 16 May 2018 Emerging markets stocks and currencies also plunged, while shorter maturity U.S. Treasuries climbed as investors fled from risky assets to safe-havens... Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Trump plans to roll out budget and infrastructure plans. Neither may be relevant.," 12 Feb. 2018 Gold prices fell as diminishing nervousness over global risks pushed some investors out of the haven metal. Ira Iosebashvili, WSJ, "Gold Drops as Risk Appetite Improves," 16 Apr. 2019 Buying a new mattress and pillow on the right schedule is a huge part of creating this kind of sleep haven. Korin Miller, SELF, "How Often to Buy a New Mattress and Pillow for the Best Sleep Possible," 28 Mar. 2019 That is to say: This airy haven is quite a far cry from the dark loft where Bullock plotted the famous Met Gala heist alongside Cate Blanchett in Ocean's 8. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Sandra Bullock Is Selling Her Georgia Beach House for $6.5 Million," 27 Mar. 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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haven

noun

English Language Learners Definition of haven

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

haven

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

Kids Definition of haven

: a safe place

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