What does Harbour mean?

Definitions for Harbour
ˈhɑr bərHar·bour

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Harbour.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. seaport, haven, harbor, harbour(noun)

    a sheltered port where ships can take on or discharge cargo

  2. harbor, harbour(noun)

    a place of refuge and comfort and security

  3. harbor, harbour(verb)

    secretly shelter (as of fugitives or criminals)

  4. harbor, harbour(verb)

    keep in one's possession; of animals

  5. harbor, harbour, shield(verb)

    hold back a thought or feeling about

    "She is harboring a grudge against him"

  6. harbor, harbour, hold, entertain, nurse(verb)

    maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings)

    "bear a grudge"; "entertain interesting notions"; "harbor a resentment"


  1. harbour(Noun)

    Shelter, refuge.

  2. harbour(Noun)

    A place of shelter or refuge.

    The neighbourhood is a well-known harbour for petty thieves.

  3. harbour(Noun)

    A house of the zodiac.

  4. harbour(Noun)

    A sheltered area for ships; a piece of water adjacent to land in which ships may stop to load and unload.

    The city has an excellent natural harbour.

  5. harbour(Verb)

    To provide shelter or refuge for.

    The docks, which once harboured tall ships, now harbour only petty thieves.

  6. harbour(Verb)

    To accept, as with a belief.

    That scientist harbours the belief that God created humans.

  7. Origin: From herber, herberge, from herebeorg, from harjaz + bergô, equivalent to here + gebeorg. Cognate with Old Norse herbergi (whence the Icelandic herbergi), Dutch herberg, German Herberge ‘hospice’, Swedish härbärge. Compare also French auberge. More at here, borrow.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Harbour

    här′bur, n. any refuge or shelter: a port for ships—obs. form Har′borough.—v.t. to lodge or entertain: to protect: to possess or indulge, as thoughts.—v.i. to take shelter.—n. Har′bourage, place of shelter: entertainment.—n.pl. Har′bour-dues, charges for the use of a harbour.—n. Har′bourer, one who harbours or entertains.—adj. Har′bourless.—n. Har′bour-mas′ter, the public officer who has charge of a harbour.—Harbour of refuge, a harbour constructed to give shelter to ships on some exposed coast: any protection for one in distress. [M. E. herberwe—an assumed A.S. herebeorghere, army, beorg, protection; cf. Ger. herberge, Ice. herbergi.]

Editors Contribution

  1. harbour

    An artificial or natural area of water next to land which has space for a number of boats and ships to moor or anchor and is managed by a government official and team of people if appropriate.

    The local harbour was large and had large cruise ships docking every weekend so it had a harbour master and her team of people who managed the access.

    Submitted by MC Harmonious on March 27, 2016  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Harbour' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4729

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Harbour' in Nouns Frequency: #1847

How to pronounce Harbour?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Harbour in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Harbour in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Harbour in a Sentence

  1. Liu Ming:

    We own some water areas. The next step is to build a harbour.

  2. Will Harbour:

    Will Harbour's very Russian in a way that Hopper's very American.

  3. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    Instead of decaying in a safe harbour, sail to the unsafe oceans!

  4. William Shedd:

    A ship in harbour is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.

  5. Lucius Annaeus Seneca:

    If a man knows not what harbour he seeks, any wind is the right wind.

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