Pronunciation: (shel'turd),[key] —adj. 1. protected or shielded from storms, missiles, etc., by a wall, roof, barrier, or the like.
2. protected from the troubles, annoyances, sordidness, etc., encountered in competitive situations: a sheltered life. 3. (of a business or industry) enjoying noncompetitive conditions, as because of a protective tariff.
4. of or pertaining to employment or housing, esp. for handicapped persons, in a noncompetitive, supervised environment.