- The definition of a harbour is a place providing safety or shelter, or a protected area in the water for anchoring boats.
- An example of a home for abused women.
- An example of a harbour is a marina.
- Harbour, a British spelling for harbor, is defined as to hide, protect or hold on to.
An example of harbour is to let neighbors stay in an underground shelter during a storm.
A harbor in Australia.
& v.Chiefly British
(plural harbours) (UK, Canada)
- A place of shelter or refuge.
- The neighbourhood is a well-known harbour for petty thieves.
- A sheltered area for ships; a piece of water adjacent to land in which ships may stop to load and unload.
- The city has an excellent natural harbour.
- (astrology) The mansion of a heavenly body.
- A mixing box for materials in glass-working.
(third-person singular simple present harbours, present participle harbouring, simple past and past participle harboured)
From Middle English herber, herberge, from Old English herebeorg (“shelter, lodgings, quarters”), from Proto-Germanic *harjaz (“army”) + *bergô (“protection”), equivalent to Old English here (“army, host”) + ġebeorg (“defense, protection, refuge”). Cognate with Old Norse herbergi (“a harbour; a room”) (whence the Icelandic herbergi), Dutch herberg, German Herberge ‘hospice’, Swedish härbärge. Compare also French auberge (“hostel”). More at here, borrow.