What does haven mean?

Definitions for haven
ˈheɪ vənhaven

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word haven.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. haven, oasisnoun

    a shelter serving as a place of safety or sanctuary

  2. seaport, haven, harbor, harbournoun

    a sheltered port where ships can take on or discharge cargo


  1. havennoun

    A harbour or anchorage protected from the sea.

  2. havennoun

    A place of safety; a refuge or sanctuary.

  3. havenverb

    To put into, or provide with a haven.

  4. Etymology: hæfen, from habnō (compare Dutch haven, German Hafen, Danish/Norwegian havn), from haban 'sea' (compare Old English hæf, German Haff 'gulf', Danish hav), or from kopno- (compare Irish cúan 'harbor, recess, haven').

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. HAVENnoun

    Etymology: haven, Dutch; havre, French.

    Only love was threatened and promised to him, and so to his cousin, as both the tempest and haven of their best years. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    Order for sea is given:
    They have put forth the haven. William Shakespeare, Ant. and Cleopat.

    After an hour and a half sailing, we entered into a good haven, being the port of a fair city. Francis Bacon, New Atlantis.

    The queen beheld, as soon as day appear’d,
    The navy under sail, the haven clear’d. John Denham.

    We may be shipwreckt by her breath:
    Love, favour’d once with that sweet gale,
    Doubles his haste, and fills his sail,
    ’Till he arrive, where she must prove
    The haven, or the rock of love. Edmund Waller.

    All places, that the eye of heaven visits,
    Are to a wise man ports and happy havens. William Shakespeare, R. II.


  1. haven

    A haven is a place of safety, refuge, or protection. It can be a physical location, such as a shelter or sanctuary, or a more abstract concept, like a tranquil state of mind or a sense of peace. It typically offers security and comfort, especially during times of stress, danger, or hardship.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Havennoun

    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

  2. Havennoun

    a place of safety; a shelter; an asylum

  3. Havenverb

    to shelter, as in a haven

  4. Etymology: [AS. hfene; akin to D. & LG. haven, G. hafen, MHG. habe, Dan. havn, Icel. hfn, Sw. hamn; akin to E. have, and hence orig., a holder; or to heave (see Heave); or akin to AS. hf sea, Icel. & Sw. haf, Dan. hav, which is perh. akin to E. heave.]


  1. Haven

    Haven is a 2004 feature film set in the Cayman Islands, a British offshore financial centre. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2004. It is written and directed by native Caymanian Frank E. Flowers and filmed entirely in the 100-square-mile West Indian dependency. Haven is an ensemble film in which unconnected lives intersect and result in a violent chain of events that turns tranquility into chaos. It was released in limited theaters in the United States on September 15, 2006. The film's tagline was, "Can love survive the fall of paradise?"

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Haven

    hā′vn, an inlet of the sea, or mouth of a river, where ships can get good and safe anchorage: any place of safety: an asylum.—v.t. to shelter.—p.adj. Hā′vened, sheltered, as in a haven. [A.S. hæfen; Dut. haven, Ger. hafen.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. haven

    [Anglo-Saxon, hæfen]. A safe refuge from the violence of wind and sea; much the same as harbour, though of less importance. A good anchorage rather than place of perfect shelter. Milford Haven is an exception.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. HAVEN

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Haven is ranked #9043 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Haven surname appeared 3,614 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Haven.

    86.6% or 3,130 total occurrences were White.
    4.7% or 170 total occurrences were Black.
    2.9% or 106 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    2.5% or 93 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.3% or 86 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.8% or 29 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of haven in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of haven in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of haven in a Sentence

  1. Robert Bresalier:

    Right now, the biggest impact we can have – and relevant to this discussion — is screening. So if you haven’t been screened and you’re in that age relevant group, you should get screened. And that clearly has a larger impact, and the biggest impact we can do right now in terms of influencing death of colorectal cancer.

  2. Brendan Fraser:

    The Mummy's gon na be like something you haven't seen before.

  3. New Jersey Texan Jimmy Walker:

    Last two or three years haven't been accustomed to sitting where I am on the FedExCup list, so yeah, I would like to keep jumping up. I like jumping inside the top 30 and going to the Tour Championship.

  4. Danny Lee:

    I had some good finishes, and I got to play in the final group on Colonial. I haven't been in that situation for a while. I kind of didn't sleep that well Saturday night, but at Travelers I felt a lot better. Then I played great that week all week. I think I'm on the right track to do something great I think.

  5. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi:

    You mean where he circulated the picture of my saying' All roads lead to Putin,' that one ? Is that what we're talking about ? ... We haven't spoken since then.

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