from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Chiefly British Variant of harbor.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Shelter, refuge.
  • n. A place of shelter or refuge.
  • n. A house of the zodiac.
  • n. A sheltered area for ships; a piece of water adjacent to land in which ships may stop to load and unload.
  • v. To provide shelter or refuge for.
  • v. To accept, as with a belief.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • See harbor.
  • n. An obsolete form of arbor.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings)
  • v. keep in one's possession; of animals
  • v. hold back a thought or feeling about
  • n. a sheltered port where ships can take on or discharge cargo
  • v. secretly shelter (as of fugitives or criminals)
  • n. a place of refuge and comfort and security


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. (Wiktionary)


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