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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web The exclusive line includes an array of luxury linens, throw pillows, blankets and more that aren't just designed to give your haven a fashionable upgrade, but to help maximize space. Mariah Thomas, Good Housekeeping, 15 Sep. 2022 Their safe haven in London helped to preserve the very existence of my country in those dark times. Emily Burack, Town & Country, 14 Sep. 2022 And now many of those ex-pats are witnessing their former country's government flex its military muscle against their new haven. Bob Woodruff, ABC News, 13 Sep. 2022 Rajapaksa, who was cornered in the seaside presidential mansion in his final months, fled to the safety of a naval ship as hundreds of thousands descended on the capital July 9 and pushed at the gates of his last haven. Mujib Mashal, BostonGlobe.com, 3 Sep. 2022 But the once-green three-acre property that was meant to be his retirement haven is now dry, brittle and brown. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, 2 Sep. 2022 But outside the confines of school, Black language was her haven. Samantha Chery, Washington Post, 17 Aug. 2022 Nature-seeking home buyers, this could be your very own wilderness haven. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 2 Aug. 2022 For the first time in her life, Jordan Turpin has her own safe haven. Melody Chiu, PEOPLE.com, 27 July 2022 See More

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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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19 Sep 2022

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“Haven.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/haven. Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of haven

: a safe place

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