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English

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Etymology

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.

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Noun

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Singular
harbour

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harbour ({{{1}}}) (Commonwealth)
  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Shelter, refuge.
  2. A place of shelter or refuge.
    The neighbourhood is a well-known harbour for petty thieves.
  3. (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
  4. 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.

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Verb

Infinitive
to harbour

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to harbour (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To provide shelter or refuge for.
    The docks, which once harboured tall ships, now harbour only petty thieves.

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