Definition of sheltered in US English:



  • 1(of a place) protected from bad weather.

    ‘the plants need a shady, sheltered spot in the garden’
    • ‘We did dinghy drill in the harbour and this usually finished with us swimming around in the beautifully clear waters of this sheltered haven.’
    • ‘The more calcified ones tend to live in sheltered environments or deeper water, especially the more delicate species.’
    • ‘This sought to create a much more sheltered place for shipping.’
    • ‘This is the mouth of the Pigeon River and is well sheltered from wind and waves for about a mile, until it opens into Pigeon Bay.’
    • ‘Cowes owes its fame to its small harbour and to Cowes Roads, the deep and sheltered waters that lead to it.’
    • ‘And if there is an unfavourable wind or swell, there are plenty of worthwhile sheltered sites which are also suitable for novices.’
    • ‘In our mind's eye we can see the tipis scattered along the sheltered areas with always a few sentinels at the tops of the hills.’
    • ‘For example, Old Squaw move to sheltered lagoons along the Beaufort Sea coast.’
    • ‘He wandered alone, in and out of sheltered bays.’
    • ‘Le Goulet (The Narrows) is the entrance to the sheltered harbour of Brest.’
    • ‘Its sheltered atmosphere is a rest stop for crow-sized cattle egrets.’
    • ‘This is a small city at the head of a sheltered bay, hammered in by the mountains.’
    • ‘Salutay sticks to the more sheltered east coast, and life takes on a familiar pattern.’
    • ‘They will stand as a continual inspiration for the living who look upon them and are sheltered by them from sun and storm.’
    • ‘During my dive the current was coming from the east, so we entered the water on the sheltered west side of the Mulberry.’
    • ‘The park's principle feature is the sheltered Soper River valley.’
    • ‘The area is sheltered from the south by an ivy-covered brick wall.’
    • ‘Overnight the winds increased forcing us to dive the sheltered side of the islands for the remainder of the trip.’
    • ‘There is also a kickabout area with goalposts, basketball/netball hoops, a cricket wicket, and sheltered seating.’
    • ‘As climate alters, the location of these sheltered areas could change.’
    protected, screened, shielded, covered, calm
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    1. 1.1 Protected from difficulties or unpleasant realities.
      ‘a sheltered childhood’
      ‘she led a sheltered life until her mother and father went through a bitter divorce’
      • ‘I guess in my otherwise sheltered life that would have to be my claim to fame.’
      • ‘In case you're totally sheltered, Adam West was the iconic Batman of the 1960s camp classic.’
      • ‘It's not that the administration has sinister intentions, but they might be mistaking poor populations in needy countries for sheltered children of privilege in Connecticut country clubs.’
      • ‘Perhaps the Flight girls, growing up on the Bell Block farm close to the Mangoraka stream, lived somewhat isolated, sheltered lives.’
      • ‘Product of a fairly sheltered life, she begins to experiment with how far she can and should go with boys.’
      • ‘Yes, I led a sheltered life.’
      • ‘She's not like us London girls, you know, she's led a very sheltered life.’
      • ‘He explained that growing up under apartheid as a white South African meant a sheltered life, hidden from the actualities of the regime.’
      • ‘It also once sheltered 3000 of the city's homeless.’
      • ‘Jane Seymour does an excellent job with the deceptively difficult role of Solitaire, who must be a bewitching beauty but also one who is convincingly sheltered and innocent.’
      • ‘Perhaps I've led a particularly sheltered life, but I don't believe this represents normal conversation for a first date.’
      • ‘I was young and sheltered, largely innocent of racial politics.’
      • ‘I don't often think of myself as being a target of bigotry, and maybe I'm a little sheltered.’
      • ‘I think I was sort of sheltered.’
      • ‘In contrast, Florence - lush, fertile, and untamed - offers Lucy a taste of life outside her sheltered existence in England.’
      • ‘Australians need to remember (for all our faults and problems) how well off we really are and how sheltered we are from the worse excesses of the world.’
      • ‘Moreover, Isaacs continues, actual physical fighting is a rare occurrence in her students' sheltered, supervised lives.’
      • ‘He comes off very much as a loved but sheltered little boy, with his exposure to his uncle Terry giving him his first real taste of life.’
      • ‘The best metaphor for my sheltered existence is that of a womb with internet access.’
      • ‘But if Gail Woodhouse wanted to shape a nice sheltered existence for her youngest daughter, more power to her; the truth would have startled her into shiver shock.’
      secluded, withdrawn, isolated, protected, immune, cloistered, unworldly, sequestered, retired, reclusive
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