well sheltered


protected or shielded from storms, missiles, etc., by a wall, roof, barrier, or the like.
protected from the troubles, annoyances, sordidness, etc., encountered in competitive situations: a sheltered life.
(of a business or industry) enjoying noncompetitive conditions, as because of a protective tariff.
of or pertaining to employment or housing, especially for handicapped persons, in a noncompetitive, supervised environment.

1585–95; shelter + -ed2

self-sheltered, adjective
unsheltered, adjective
well-sheltered, adjective
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sheltered (ˈʃɛltəd)
1.  protected from wind or weather: a sheltered garden
2.  protected from outside influences: a sheltered upbringing
3.  See also sheltered housing (of buildings) specially designed to provide a safe environment for the elderly, handicapped, or disabled: sheltered workshops for the blind

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Word Origin & History

1585, "structure affording protection," possibly an alteration of M.E. sheltron, sheldtrume "roof or wall formed by locked shields," from O.E. scyldtruma, from scield "shield" (see shield) + truma "troop," related to O.E. trum "firm, strong" (see
trim). The notion is of a compact body of men protected by interlocking shields. Fig. sense is recorded from 1588; meaning "temporary lodging for homeless poor" is first recorded 1890 in Salvation Army jargon; sense of "temporary home for animals" is from 1971. The verb is first attested 1590; in the income investment sense, from 1955. Sheltered "protected from the usual hardships of life" is from 1888.
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