[uh-bree; French a-bree]
- 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
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Examples from the Web for abris
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
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.Friends of France
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
- a shelter or place of refuge, esp in wartime
French, from Latin apricum an open place
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