- 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.
Your home is your shelter.
- 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)
- a. Something, especially a structure, that provides cover or protection, as from the weather: a shelter for hikers.b. An establishment that provides temporary housing for homeless people.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.
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.
(third-person singular simple present shelters, present participle sheltering, simple past and past participle sheltered)