From Middle English haven, havene, from Old English hæfen (“haven; harbour; port”), from Proto-Germanic *habnō, *habanō (compare Dutch haven, German Hafen, Norwegian/Danish havn), from Proto-Germanic *habą (“sea”) (compare Old English hæf, Middle Low German haf, Old Norse haf (“sea”), German Haff (“bay or lagoon behind a spit”), perhaps, in the sense of "heaving sea", etymologically identical with Old Norse haf (“heaving, lifting, uplift, elevation”), derived from Proto-Germanic *habjaną (“to lift, heave”)), or from Proto-Indo-European *kh₂pnós (compare Old Irish cúan (“harbor, recess, haven”)).
haven (plural havens)
- A harbour or anchorage protected from the sea.
- what shipping and what lading's in our haven
- their haven under the hill
- (by extension) A place of safety; a refuge or sanctuary.
- 2011 December 21, Helen Pidd, “Europeans migrate south as continent drifts deeper into crisis”, in the Guardian:
- Since its conception, the European Union has been a haven for those seeking refuge from war, persecution and poverty in other parts of the world.
- (by extension) A peaceful place.
- To put into, or provide with a haven.
- to have
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