Definition of haven in English:

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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.
Example sentences
  • 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'.

  • harbour from Old English:

    Old English herebeorg was ‘a shelter, refuge’. It came to be used as a shelter for ships in late Middle English. In Old English haven was the word used for harbour. The sense ‘cherish privately’ arose early and was used of any feelings; it gradually became associated principally with grievance and resentment. A harbinger (Middle English) was originally someone who went ahead to find lodgings for an army.

Words that rhyme with haven

craven, graven, maven, shaven, Stratford-upon-Avon

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Syllabification: ha·ven

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