Definition of abri in English:


Pronunciation /əˈbriː/


  • 1A shelter, a refuge.

    Found chiefly in French and French-speaking contexts.

  • 2Archaeology
    A hollow beneath overhanging rock; a rock shelter.


Mid 18th century. From French abri shelter, refuge (12th century in Old French; 1866 or earlier in specific archaeological use with reference to rock shelters, more fully abri sous roche, literally ‘shelter beneath a rock’, also abri sous roches) from abrier to shelter, to protect from post-classical Latin apricare to warm, protect from cold, variant (with change of conjugation) of classical Latin aprīcārī.