ha·​ven ˈhā-vən How to pronounce haven (audio)
: a place of safety : refuge
: a place offering favorable opportunities or conditions
a haven for artists
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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Word History


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

First Known Use

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

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

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“Haven.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/haven. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


ha·​ven ˈhā-vən How to pronounce haven (audio)
: a place of safety : shelter

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