[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. shelta,
  2. shelter,
  3. shelter belt,
  4. shelter deck,
  5. shelter tent,
  6. sheltered housing,
  7. sheltered workshop,
  8. sheltie,
  9. shelton,
  10. shelty

Origin of sheltered

First recorded in 1585–95; shelter + -ed2

Related formsself-shel·tered, adjectiveun·shel·tered, adjectivewell-shel·tered, adjective


[ 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


/ (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


/ (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 Formsshelterer, nounshelterless, adjective

Word Origin for shelter

C16: of uncertain origin

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Word Origin and History for sheltered
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