[ hey-vuh n ]
/ ˈheɪ vən /


a harbor or port.
any place of shelter and safety; refuge; asylum.

verb (used with object)

to shelter, as in a haven.

Origin of haven

before 1050; Middle English; Old English hæfen; cognate with Dutch haven, German Hafen, Old Norse hǫfn; akin to Old English hæf, Old Norse haf sea

Related forms

ha·ven·less, adjectiveha·ven·ward, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for haven


/ (ˈheɪvən) /


a port, harbour, or other sheltered place for shipping
a place of safety or sanctuary; shelter


(tr) to secure or shelter in or as if in a haven

Derived Forms

havenless, adjective

Word Origin for haven

Old English hæfen, from Old Norse höfn; related to Middle Dutch havene, Old Irish cuan to bend
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