Shelter vs Settlement - What's the difference?

shelter | settlement |

As nouns the difference between shelter and settlement

is that shelter is a refuge, haven or other cover or protection from something while settlement is the state of being settled.

As a verb shelter

is to provide cover from damage or harassment; to shield; to protect.




(en noun)
  • A refuge, haven or other cover or protection from something.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1928, author=Lawrence R. Bourne
  • , title=Well Tackled! , chapter=7 citation , passage=The detective kept them in view. He made his way casually along the inside of the shelter until he reached an open scuttle close to where the two men were standing talking. Eavesdropping was not a thing Larard would have practised from choice, but there were times when, in the public interest, he had to do it, and this was one of them.}}
  • An institution that provides temporary housing for homeless people, battered women etc.
  • Derived terms

    * bus shelter


    (en verb)
  • To provide cover from damage or harassment; to shield; to protect.
  • * Dryden
  • Those ruins sheltered once his sacred head.
  • * Southey
  • You have no convents in which such persons may be received and sheltered .
  • To take cover.
  • During the rainstorm, we sheltered under a tree.




    (en noun)
  • The state of being settled.
  • A colony that is newly established; a place or region newly settled.
  • A community of people living together, such as a hamlet, village, town, or city.
  • (architecture) The gradual sinking of a building. Fractures or dislocations caused by settlement.
  • (finance) The delivery of goods by the seller and payment for them by the buyer, under a previously agreed trade or transaction or contract entered into.
  • (legal) A disposition of property, or the act of granting it.
  • (legal) A settled place of abode; residence; a right growing out of legal residence.
  • (legal) A resolution of a dispute.
  • Synonyms

    * (A resolution of a dispute) arrangement


    * See also

    Derived terms

    * settlement agreement