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[uh-bree; French a-bree] /əˈbri; French aˈbri/
noun, plural abris
[uh-breez; French a-bree] /əˈbriz; French aˈbri/ (Show IPA)
a shelter, especially a dugout.
Archaeology. a rock shelter formed by the overhang of a cliff and often containing prehistoric occupation deposits.
Origin of abri
< French, Old French, noun derivative of abrier (now obsolete or dial.) to shelter, shield, screen < Late Latin aprīcāre to warm in the sun (hence, to shield from wind, cold, etc.), verbal derivative of Latin aprīcus sunny, warmed by the sunshine; Old French b for v perhaps < Old Provençal abriar, or by construal of a- as prefix Unabridged
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  • It was a warning to all to seek the comparative safety of the abris which the town had constructed against just such an emergency.

    Aces Up Covington Clarke
  • Uncle abris once more grew pale, and retreating into the parlour, came out with a glass about as large as a thimble.

  • The Americans turned and ran up the road to one of these abris, the big man leading.

  • The streets were filling with people, crowding into the Vavin Mtro station opposite and looking for the houses that were abris.

    Paris Vistas Helen Davenport Gibbons
  • Next beyond the abris was the latrine from which a puff of wind brought now and then a nauseous stench.

    One Man's Initiation--1917 John Dos Passos
  • The chief work was digging the abris and carrying up beams and concrete blocks from the road for their construction.

    Battery E in France Frederic R. Kilner
  • Dry, well ventilated "abris" or bomb shelters have been built in connection with each section of the hospital.

  • Captain Robbins ordered everyone into the abris till the shelling ceased.

    Battery E in France Frederic R. Kilner
  • As soon as a lull in the firing permitted, we ran across the street to the abris.

British Dictionary definitions for abris


a shelter or place of refuge, esp in wartime
Word Origin
French, from Latin apricum an open place
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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