Definition of Anderson shelter in English:

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Anderson shelter

Pronunciation: /ˈandəsən ʃɛltə/


A small prefabricated air-raid shelter of a type built in the UK during the Second World War.
Example sentences
  • Many people did not want to leave their homes, and even owners of Anderson shelters would forsake their shelters for the comfort of the understairs cupboard.
  • When the bombs started falling, the family took to an Anderson shelter and a garden shed.
  • Inside Red House, which is dressed out as 19th century, they had put an exhibition entitled ‘War on the home front,’ in a couple of the rooms, including a mock-up of an Anderson shelter, with full sound effects of an air raid.


1930s: named after Sir John Anderson, the Home Secretary in 1939–40 when the shelter was adopted.

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