verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to take shelter; find a refuge: He sheltered in a barn.
Finance. to invest money in a tax shelterd.

Nearby words

  1. shellflower,
  2. shellproof,
  3. shellwork,
  4. shelly,
  5. shelta,
  6. shelter belt,
  7. shelter deck,
  8. shelter tent,
  9. sheltered,
  10. sheltered housing

Origin of shelter

1575–85; perhaps alteration of obsolete sheltron testudo, Old English scieldtruma, equivalent to scield shield + truma body of fighting men; see trim

Related forms

Synonym study

1. See cover. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for shelter



something that provides cover or protection, as from weather or danger; place of refuge
the protection afforded by such a cover; refuge
the state of being sheltered


(tr) to provide with or protect by a shelter
(intr) to take cover, as from rain; find refuge
(tr) to act as a shelter for; take under one's protection
Derived Formsshelterer, nounshelterless, adjective

Word Origin for shelter

C16: of uncertain origin

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Word Origin and History for shelter
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