a place that is safe and peaceful where people or animals are protected The hotel is a haven of peace and tranquility. The river banks are a haven for wildlife. The camp offers a haven to refugees. see also safe haven, tax haven Word Origin late Old English hæfen, from Old Norse hǫfn; related to Dutch haven, German Hafen
‘harbour’.Extra examples The wood is a haven for wildlife. They were living in a safe haven away from the fighting. This house is a haven of peace compared with ours. The hotel is a haven of peace and tranquillity We have a duty to offer a safe haven to all refugees.