The definition of a shelter is a structure that provides cover or protection.(noun)
An example of a shelter is a house.
To shelter is defined as to provide protection or cover.(verb)
An example of to shelter is to give a homeless person a place to live.
See shelter in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: prob. < ME scheltroun, earlier scheltrum < OE sceldtruma, lit., shield troop, body of men protected by interlocked shields < scield (see shield) + truma, an array, troop; akin to trum, strong: (see trim)
See shelter in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Perhaps from Middle English sheltron, tight battle formation
Origin: , from Old English scildtruma
Origin: : scield, shield; see shield
Origin: + truma, troop; see deru- in Indo-European roots.
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