[ hahr-ber ]
/ ˈhɑr bər /


verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

(of a vessel) to take shelter in a harbor.

Nearby words

  1. harassment,
  2. harbin,
  3. harbinger,
  4. harbinger-of-spring,
  5. harbona,
  6. harbor master,
  7. harbor seal,
  8. harborage,
  9. harbormaster,
  10. harborside

Also especially British, har·bour.

Origin of harbor

before 1150; Middle English herber(we), herberge, Old English herebeorg lodgings, quarters (here army + (ge)beorg refuge); cognate with German Herberge

Related formshar·bor·er, nounhar·bor·less, adjectivehar·bor·ous, adjectiveun·har·bored, adjective

Can be confuseddock harbor pier wharf

Synonym study

1. Harbor, haven, port indicate a shelter for ships. A harbor may be natural or artificially constructed or improved: a fine harbor on the eastern coast. A haven is usually a natural harbor that can be utilized by ships as a place of safety; the word is common in literary use: a haven in time of storm; a haven of refuge. A port is a harbor viewed especially in its commercial relations, though it is frequently applied in the meaning of harbor or haven also: a thriving port; any old port in a storm. 6. See cherish.

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