Your home is your shelter.
- The definition of a shelter is a structure that provides cover or protection.
An example of a shelter is a house.
- To shelter is defined as to provide protection or cover.
An example of to shelter is to give a homeless person a place to live.
- something that covers or protects; protection, or place affording protection, as from the elements or danger
- the state of being covered or protected; protection; refuge
- any of various places for providing food and lodging on a temporary or emergency basis, as one for the homeless or one for stray pets
Origin of shelterprobably from Middle English scheltroun, earlier scheltrum from Old English sceldtruma, literally , shield troop, body of men protected by interlocked shields from scield (see shield) + truma, an array, troop; akin to trum, strong: (see trim)
to provide shelter or refuge for; protect
to find protection or refuge
- a. Something, especially a structure, that provides cover or protection, as from the weather: a shelter for hikers.b. An institution providing temporary housing and sometimes counseling, as for the homeless, runaways, or victims of domestic violence.c. An establishment that cares for unwanted or stray animals and tries to find owners for them.
- The state of being covered or protected: The fox found shelter in a cave.
verbshel·tered, shel·ter·ing, shel·ters
- To provide cover or protection for: trees that sheltered the cows; agents who sheltered the spies.
- To invest (income) to protect it from taxation.
To take cover; find refuge: We sheltered under the store's awning during the storm.
Origin of shelterPerhaps from Middle English sheltron tight battle formation from Old English scildtruma scield shield ; see shield. truma troop ; see deru- in Indo-European roots.
shelter cover retreat refuge asylum sanctuary
These nouns refer to places affording protection, as from danger, or to the state of being protected. Shelter usually implies a covered or enclosed area that protects temporarily, as from injury or attack: built a shelter out of pine and hemlock boughs. Cover suggests something that conceals: traveled under cover of darkness. Retreat applies chiefly to a secluded place to which one retires for meditation, peace, or privacy: a rural cabin that served as a weekend retreat. Refuge suggests a place of escape from pursuit or from difficulties that beset one: “The great advantage of a hotel is that it's a refuge from home life” (George Bernard Shaw). Asylum adds to refuge the idea of legal protection or of immunity from arrest: “O! receive the fugitive and prepare in time an asylum for mankind” (Thomas Paine). Sanctuary denotes a sacred or inviolable place of refuge: political refugees finding sanctuary in a monastery.