AskDefine | Define shelter

Dictionary Definition



1 a structure that provides privacy and protection from danger
2 protective covering that provides protection from the weather
3 the condition of being protected; "they were huddled together for protection"; "he enjoyed a sense of peace and protection in his new home" [syn: protection]
4 a way of organizing business to reduce the taxes it must pay on current earnings [syn: tax shelter]
5 temporary housing for homeless or displaced persons


1 provide shelter for; "After the earthquake, the government could not provide shelter for the thousands of homeless people"
2 invest (money) so that it is not taxable

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /ˈʃɛltə/, /"SElt@/
  • /ˈʃɛltɚ/, /"SElt@`/
    Rhymes: -ɛltə(r)


  1. A refuge, haven or other cover or protection from something
  2. An institution that provides temporary housing for homeless people, battered women etc


a refuge or other protection
  • Finnish: suojapaikka, turvapaikka
  • French: abri
  • German: Zuflucht, Obdach, Zufluchtsort
  • Italian: rifugio
  • Spanish: refugio


  1. To provide cover
  2. To take cover


transitive, to provide cover
  • Finnish: suojata
  • French: abriter
  • Italian: dare rifugio
intransitive, to take cover
  • Finnish: suojautua
  • Italian: rifugiarsi

Extensive Definition

Shelter refers to a, typically basic structure or building that covers or provides protection, including the following:
shelter in Japanese: シェルター
shelter in Dutch: Shelter
shelter in Simple English: Shelter

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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