Definition of Anderson shelter in English:

Anderson shelter


  • A small prefabricated air-raid shelter of a type built in the UK during the Second World War.

    • ‘When the bombs started falling, the family took to an Anderson shelter and a garden shed.’
    • ‘Inside Red House, which is dressed out as 19th century, they had put an exhibition entitled ‘War on the home front,’ in a couple of the rooms, including a mock-up of an Anderson shelter, with full sound effects of an air raid.’
    • ‘By the outbreak of war, enough covered trenches were available to shelter half a million people and nearly one and a half million Anderson shelters had been issued free to householders with gardens.’
    • ‘To prevent such a thing from coming to pass Anderson shelters were distributed, the first arriving in September 1939, the week after war was declared.’
    • ‘Many people did not want to leave their homes, and even owners of Anderson shelters would forsake their shelters for the comfort of the understairs cupboard.’


1930s: named after Sir John Anderson, the Home Secretary in 1939–40 when the shelter was adopted.


Anderson shelter

/ˈandəsən ʃɛltə/