Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “shelter”

See all translations

shelter

noun [C/U]  /ˈʃel·tər/ us  
something that gives protection, such as a building or tent, or the protection provided: [C] We took the stray dog to an animal shelter. [U] The wall gave us some shelter from the wind. [U] The program offers shelter to runaway teens.

shelter

verb [I/T]  /ˈʃel·tər/ us  
to protect yourself, or another person or thing, from bad weather, danger, or attack: [T] The city feeds, clothes, and shelters the orphans. [I] We were caught in a thunderstorm and sheltered in a cave.
(Definition of shelter from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of shelter?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More American English definitions for “shelter”

Definitions of “shelter” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

comma

the symbol , used in writing to separate parts of a sentence showing a slight pause, or to separate the single things in a list

Word of the Day

Lies, lies, lies!

by Kate Woodford,
February 25, 2015
​​​ According to sociologists (=people who study the relationships between people living in groups), we are good at lying. As a species, we have developed a remarkable ability to deceive each other (= persuade each other that something false is true). Being able to say things that are not true can help with

Read More 

showrooming noun

February 23, 2015
the activity of examining a product in a physical store and then making the purchase with an online retailer Amazon’s new smartphone is specifically designed to make showrooming fast and easy.

Read More