- a harbor or port.
- any place of shelter and safety; refuge; asylum.
- to shelter, as in a haven.
Origin of haven
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Examples from the Web for haven
Cambodia, with its seemingly free press, is also a haven for foreign journalists.Cambodia’s Smoke-and-Mirrors Democracy
January 9, 2015
And one has to fight against that and create some haven for optimism.The Gospel According to Nick Denton—What Next For The Gawker Founder?
December 14, 2014
The Arabs offered the Nazis a haven, as well as a market for all their nefarious dealings in arms and black market currency.Hitler’s Henchmen in Arabia
December 7, 2014
Ironically, according to Epoune, there are gendered reasons as to why tourism has become a haven for women seeking employment.Cameroonian Women Fighting Sexism With Tourism
November 7, 2014
Azaz had long been a haven for the Free Syrian Army whose Northern Storm Brigade had liberated the town in July 2012.Watching ISIS Come to Power Again
September 7, 2014
More than a haven for the weary, it is a hope for the brave.
We soon got at work, and began to work down to the mouth of the haven, with a light breeze.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
When he is wafted to a haven of rest, we will console each other.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
The ship is cleared--my hour is come--my passengers are on board--and America is my haven.Homeward Bound
James Fenimore Cooper
Their utter unconcern showed that this haven had not been entered for years.Louisiana Lou
William West Winter
- 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
Word Origin and History for haven
Old English hæfen "haven, port," from Old Norse höfn "haven, harbor" or directly from Proto-Germanic *hafno- (cf. Danish havn, Middle Low German havene, German Hafen), perhaps from PIE *kap- "to seize, hold contain" (see have) on notion of place that "holds" ships, but cf. also Old Norse haf, Old English hæf "sea" (see haff). Figurative sense of "refuge," now practically the only sense, is c.1200.