[ shel-terd ]
/ ˈʃɛl tərd /


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

First recorded in 1585–95; shelter + -ed2

Related forms

self-shel·tered, adjectiveun·shel·tered, adjectivewell-shel·tered, adjective

Definition for sheltered (2 of 2)


[ shel-ter ]
/ ˈʃɛl tər /


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.

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 sheltered (1 of 2)


/ (ˈʃɛltəd) /


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

British Dictionary definitions for sheltered (2 of 2)


/ (ˈʃɛltə) /


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 Forms

shelterer, nounshelterless, adjective

Word Origin for shelter

C16: of uncertain origin
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