General English


  • noun a structure or feature providing protection from wind, sun, rain or other weather conditions
  • verb to protect something from weather conditions


  • verb to give someone or something protection

Real Estate

  • noun
    (written as Shelter)
    a UK charity working to eradicate bad housing and homelessness


  • noun a place where you can go for protection

Origin & History of “shelter”

The origins of shelter are unclear, but the most usually accepted explanation is that it is an alteration of the now obsolete sheltron. this denoted a body of troops which protected itself in battle with a covering of joined shields. It was descended from Old English scieldtruma, a compound formed from scield, the ancestor of modern English shield, and truma ‘troop’.