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

Definition of haven

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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Recent Examples on the Web If Robyn, Lo, and Jepsen comprise my trinity of emotional excess pop stars, Lo supplies a sonic haven for the soul’s grimmest nights. Rachelvoronacote, Longreads, "Carly Rae Jepsen’s Exhilarating, Emotionally Intelligent Pop Music," 10 Aug. 2020 And in recent years, the holiday haven has attracted such bling-y tabloid favorites as Ivana Trump, Naomi Campbell and Johnny Depp. Washington Post, "At sunny Saint-Tropez, the party crowd brings champagne — and the coronavirus," 9 Aug. 2020 Much of the dollar’s historic strength is based on its status as a ‘safe haven’ currency, which actually helped the dollar surge against other currencies in March, driven by early virus fears. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Is this the currency collapse Bitcoiners warned about?," 5 Aug. 2020 At the top of the gardens, follow the route over to Fort Belvedere and the Bardini Gardens, a quiet haven above the historic city. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "51 Things in Europe that Every Traveler Needs to Experience," 4 Aug. 2020 Mortgage rates fell to new lows earlier in July as investors worried about the long-term health of the economy sought safe haven in long-term bonds. Jim Buchta, Star Tribune, "'Where's all that money coming from?' July was a hot month for Twin Cities homebuilders," 31 July 2020 Alcatraz, long a haven for seabirds, is now a sanctuary for cormorants, guillemots, egrets and herons. Steve Rubenstein, SFChronicle.com, "Peregrine falcons swoop into Alcatraz, and here come the chicks," 31 July 2020 Perseverance will also release its belly pan, which provided a safe haven for the Ingenuity helicopter stowed there during cruising and landing. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "The Perseverance rover is on its way to Mars. What's next?," 31 July 2020 Lakewood’s newest nerd haven is officially open, and its grand-opening event will take place this weekend with a raffle and other in-store surprises for shoppers. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, "12 things to do in Cleveland this weekend," 9 July 2020

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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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The first known use of haven was before the 12th century

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13 Aug 2020

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“Haven.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/haven. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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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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