Definition of haven in English:


Syllabification: ha·ven
Pronunciation: /ˈhāvən


  • 1A place of safety or refuge: a haven for wildlife
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    • About a third of these partnerships are registered in the Cayman Islands or other secrecy havens, which may make it impossible to unravel the worst corporate collapse in American history.
    • The chatrooms were the havens of the anonymous.
    • You have criticized the greedy capitalists for breaking unions, leveling entire industries, and throwing men out of work to shift jobs to cheap labor havens.
    refuge, retreat, shelter, sanctuary, asylum; port in a storm, oasis, sanctum
  • 1.1An inlet providing shelter for ships or boats; a harbor or small port.
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    • This dominion not only extends over the open seas, but also over all creeks, arms of the sea, havens, ports, and tide-rivers, as far as the reach of the tide, around the coasts of the kingdom.
    • I can see a lot more vessels taking advantage of this natural boat haven over the winter.
    • The majority of vessels were sloops and schooners of 50-100 tons, ideal for working cargoes from the shallow and confined havens of north Northumberland.
    anchorage, harbor, harborage, port, moorage, mooring; cove, inlet, bay


late Old English hæfen, from Old Norse hǫfn; related to Dutch haven, German Hafen 'harbor'.

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