- protected or shielded from storms, missiles, etc., by a wall, roof, barrier, or the like.
- protected from the troubles, annoyances, sordidness, etc., encountered in competitive situations: a sheltered life.
- (of a business or industry) enjoying noncompetitive conditions, as because of a protective tariff.
- of or relating to employment or housing, especially for persons with disabilities, in a noncompetitive, supervised environment.
Origin of sheltered
- something beneath, behind, or within which a person, animal, or thing is protected from storms, missiles, adverse conditions, etc.; refuge.
- the protection or refuge afforded by such a thing: He took shelter in a nearby barn.
- protection from blame, incrimination, etc.
- a dwelling place or home considered as a refuge from the elements: Everyone's basic needs are food, clothing, and shelter.
- a building serving as a temporary refuge or residence for homeless persons, abandoned animals, etc.
- Finance. tax shelter.
- to be a shelter for; afford shelter to: The old barn sheltered him from the rain.
- to provide with a shelter; place under cover.
- to protect, as by shelter; take under one's protection: Parents should not try to shelter their children from normal childhood disappointments.
- Finance. to invest (money) in a tax shelter.
- to take shelter; find a refuge: He sheltered in a barn.
- Finance. to invest money in a tax shelterd.
Origin of shelter
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Examples from the Web for sheltered
After all, radically purist ideologies need to be sheltered from the vagaries of the world, and they can be expensive to maintain.Will Saudi Arabia Execute Guest Workers for 'Witchcraft'?
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I did this because my entire life was sheltered in a box, and I needed to figure it out.Porn's Behind-the-Camera Feminists
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In one story in this collection, a sheltered young boy witnesses the abduction of his neighbor and decides whether to intervene.The National Book Awards Longlist for Fiction
September 19, 2013
Maybe it is the sheltered liberals who are trying to have their Tea Nana and drink it too.Israeli Mayor: If I'm Racist, So Is Israel
August 8, 2013
The baby would have been sheltered under the mother as the adults formed a protective circle, facing outward.How to Capture an Elephant: Excerpt From Michael Daly’s ‘Topsy’
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The brain is hidden in darkness, sheltered within a box of bone.The Call of the Twentieth Century
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Then the day slipped over an unseen height, and fell into a sheltered calm.Tiverton Tales
The friendly creature who sheltered him trembled like an aspen.The Hunted Outlaw
In sheltered spots the glass rose as high as 31, and symptoms of a thaw appeared.The Field of Ice
Frank tied the boat in a sheltered spot at the foot of the cliff.Frank Roscoe's Secret
- protected from wind or weathera sheltered garden
- protected from outside influencesa sheltered upbringing
- (of buildings) specially designed to provide a safe environment for the elderly, handicapped, or disabledsheltered workshops for the blind See also sheltered housing
- 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
Word Origin and History for sheltered
"screened, protected," 1590s, past participle adjective from shelter (v.). Meaning "protected from the usual hardships of life" is from 1888. Related: Shelteredness.
1580s, "structure affording protection," possibly an alteration of Middle English sheltron, sheldtrume "roof or wall formed by locked shields," from Old English scyldtruma, from scield "shield" (see shield (n.)) + truma "troop," related to Old English trum "firm, strong" (see trim).
If so, the original notion is of a compact body of men protected by interlocking shields. OED finds this "untenable" and proposed derivation from shield + -ture. Figurative sense is recorded from 1580s; meaning "temporary lodging for homeless poor" is first recorded 1890 in Salvation Army jargon; sense of "temporary home for animals" is from 1971. Related: Shelterless.