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[ hey-vuhn ]


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

verb (used with object)

  1. to shelter, as in a haven.


/ ˈheɪvən /


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


  1. tr to secure or shelter in or as if in a haven

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Derived Forms

  • ˈhavenless, adjective

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Other Words From

  • haven·less adjective
  • haven·ward adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of haven1

First recorded 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

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Word History and Origins

Origin of haven1

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

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Synonym Study

See harbor.

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Example Sentences

The dollar appears to be regaining its familiar position as a safe haven during tumultuous times.

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The recent surge has been driven by investors seeking a safe haven amid the economic chaos of the pandemic.

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As the magnitude of the pandemic dawned on investors in March, they pulled out of the stock market and sought a safe haven in cash.

Super accommodative monetary policy is also pounding Treasuries, limiting the appeal that bonds—another traditional safe haven—would hold for investors.

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This beautiful park serves as a refuge for native plants and wildlife, and as a haven of peace and beauty for visitors.

Cambodia, with its seemingly free press, is also a haven for foreign journalists.

Terrorists against Cuba who had once shot down passenger jets later found safe haven in Miami.

To hurt them at their safe haven and homes—such an attack is perfect revenge.

And one has to fight against that and create some haven for optimism.

The Arabs offered the Nazis a haven, as well as a market for all their nefarious dealings in arms and black market currency.

Henry Doggett, an officer of the revolutionary army, died at New Haven, aged 86.

A superstitious Italian, I believed that heaven had protected me from the devils to hand me over pure to the religious haven.

Svold is not an island as Snorri thought, but a haven or creek in the mouth of a river somewhat west of Rgen.

All in the vessel are, to a great extent, dependent upon him for a successful voyage, and a safe arrival at the desired haven.

He would have suffered in spontaneity, vivacity, originality, and quietly taken his anchorage in the sleepy haven of mediocrity.


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More About Haven

What is a haven?

A haven is any safe place, as in The woods can be a haven from a busy world.

A safe place is the most common meaning of haven and can be used in many ways. For example, something can be a haven for a person (like your bedroom might be), for a particular behavior (as in a haven for corruption), or for a belief or religion. A haven can be a place safe from something negative or dangerous or a place safe for something negative or dangerous.

A haven is also a harbor or port. In other words, it’s a place for a ship or other seagoing vehicle to dock safely or take refuge in during a storm.

Haven appears in the phrase safe haven. A safe haven is a safe place for someone or something who is threatened.

Haven also appears in the phrase tax haven. This is a location that has very low taxation rates for outside investors. The idea is that a tax haven provides a shelter from taxation.

Example: My bedroom is a haven of peace in the midst of the chaos of Christmas decoration prep.

Where does haven come from?

The first records of the term haven come from before 1050. It ultimately comes from the Old English hæfen.

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What are some other forms related to haven?

  • havenless (adjective)
  • havenward (adjective)
  • unhavened (adjective)

What are some synonyms for haven?

What are some words that often get used in discussing haven?

How is haven used in real life?

Haven is a common word frequently used to mean a place of safety or shelter. Tax haven and safe haven are commonly used.


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A haven is a place where someone is in danger.

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