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Apparently from unattested Old English *herebeorg (here ‘army’ + ġebeorg ‘shelter’), or directly from (or influenced by) cognate Old Norse herbergi. Cognate with Dutch herberg, German Herberge ‘hospice’, Swedish härbärge.
- (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Shelter, refuge.
- A place of shelter or refuge.
- The neighbourhood is a well-known harbour for petty thieves.
- (obsolete) A house of the zodiac.
- Late C14: To ech of hem his tyme and his seson, / As thyn herberwe chaungeth lowe or heighe — Geoffrey Chaucer, ‘The Franklin’s Tale’, Canterbury Tales
- 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.
Third person singular
- (transitive) To provide shelter or refuge for.
- The docks, which once harboured tall ships, now harbour only petty thieves.
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