[ uh-bree; French a-bree ]
/ əˈbri; French aˈbri /

noun, plural a·bris [uh-breez; French a-bree] /əˈbriz; French aˈbri/.

a shelter, especially a dugout.
Archaeology. a rock shelter formed by the overhang of a cliff and often containing prehistoric occupation deposits.

Nearby words

  1. abraxas,
  2. abrazo,
  3. abreact,
  4. abreaction,
  5. abreast,
  6. abridge,
  7. abridged,
  8. abridgement,
  9. abridgment,
  10. abrin

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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British Dictionary definitions for abris


/ (æˈbriː) /


a shelter or place of refuge, esp in wartime

Word Origin for abri

French, from Latin apricum an open place

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