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[hey-vuh n] /ˈheɪ vən/
a harbor or port.
any place of shelter and safety; refuge; asylum.
verb (used with object)
to shelter, as in a haven.
Origin of haven
before 1050; Middle English; Old English hæfen; cognate with Dutch haven, German Hafen, Old Norse hǫfn; akin to Old English hæf, Old Norse haf sea
Related forms
havenless, adjective
havenward, adverb
1. See harbor. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The garden is "our little haven," Lovegrove says.
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  • Since dogs were first trained to hunt birds, relations haven't been especially rosy between the two.
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  • They haven't been directly detected yet, only indirectly.
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  • The last two years haven't been easy on student-aid administrators.
British Dictionary definitions for haven


a port, harbour, or other sheltered place for shipping
a place of safety or sanctuary; shelter
(transitive) to secure or shelter in or as if in a haven
Derived Forms
havenless, adjective
Word Origin
Old English hæfen, from Old Norse höfn; related to Middle Dutch havene, Old Irish cuan to bend
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Word Origin and History for haven

Old English hæfen "haven, port," from Old Norse höfn "haven, harbor" or directly from Proto-Germanic *hafno- (cf. Danish havn, Middle Low German havene, German Hafen), perhaps from PIE *kap- "to seize, hold contain" (see have) on notion of place that "holds" ships, but cf. also Old Norse haf, Old English hæf "sea" (see haff). Figurative sense of "refuge," now practically the only sense, is c.1200.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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haven in the Bible

a harbour (Ps. 107:30; Acts 27: 12). The most famous on the coast of Palestine was that of Tyre (Ezek. 27:3). That of Crete, called "Fair Havens," is mentioned Acts 27:8.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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