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[uh-bree; French a-bree] /əˈbri; French aˈbri/
noun, plural abris
[uh-breez; French a-bree] /əˈbriz; French aˈbri/ (Show IPA)
a shelter, especially a dugout.
Archaeology. a rock shelter formed by the overhang of a cliff and often containing prehistoric occupation deposits.
Origin of abri
< French, Old French, noun derivative of abrier (now obsolete or dial.) to shelter, shield, screen < Late Latin aprīcāre to warm in the sun (hence, to shield from wind, cold, etc.), verbal derivative of Latin aprīcus sunny, warmed by the sunshine; Old French b for v perhaps < Old Provençal abriar, or by construal of a- as prefix Unabridged
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  • abri la boca para decir algo en consonancia con tan maravilloso pensamiento; pero slo exhal un suspiro.

    Doa Perfecta Benito Prez Galds
  • The charcoal calcined by this abri, has been found to be of superior quality.

  • It may be suggested that the mysterious bourjo was an abri of pere Jo or Jupiter.

    Archaic England Harold Bayley
  • In this abri you are safe from splinters and shrapnel but a direct hit would wipe us out.

  • An abri is a cave or dug-out in the side of the mountain offering protection against the German shells.

  • Outside of this, again, may be an abri or shelter of overhanging rock.

    Men of the Old Stone Age Henry Fairfield Osborn
  • The poste itself is an abri, a bomb-proof dug-out in the ground.

  • In one abri that night, a shelter in a great station, nearly a hundred died.

    Huts in Hell Daniel A. Poling
  • One of the most economical ovens for making wood charcoal is that invented by M. Foucauld, which he calls a shroud, or abri.

British Dictionary definitions for abri


a shelter or place of refuge, esp in wartime
Word Origin
French, from Latin apricum an open place
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