from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A harbor or anchorage; a port.
- n. A place of refuge or rest; a sanctuary.
- transitive v. To put into or provide with a haven.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A harbour or anchorage protected from the sea.
- n. A place of safety; a refuge or sanctuary.
- v. To put into, or provide with a haven.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A bay, recess, or inlet of the sea, or the mouth of a river, which affords anchorage and shelter for shipping; a harbor; a port.
- n. A place of safety; a shelter; an asylum.
- transitive v. To shelter, as in a haven.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A harbor; a port; any place which affords good anchorage and a safe station for ships, or in which ships can be sheltered by the land from wind and sea.
- n. Hence A shelter; an asylum; a place of safety.
- To shelter as in a haven.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a sheltered port where ships can take on or discharge cargo
- n. a shelter serving as a place of safety or sanctuary
Middle English, from Old English hæfen; see kap- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English hæfen, from Proto-Germanic *habnō, *habanō (compare Dutch haven, German Hafen, Danish/Norwegian havn), from haban 'sea' (compare Old English hæf, German Haff 'gulf', Danish hav), or from Proto-Indo-European *kopno- (compare Irish cúan 'harbor, recess, haven'). (Wiktionary)