- a holy place
- a consecrated building or shrine
- the Israelite temple at Jerusalem, esp the holy of holies
- the tabernacle in which the Ark was enshrined during the wanderings of the Israelites
- the chancel, or that part of a sacred building surrounding the main altar
- a sacred building where fugitives were formerly entitled to immunity from arrest or execution
- the immunity so afforded
- a place of refuge; asylum
- a place, protected by law, where animals, esp birds, can live and breed without interference
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
sanc•tu•ar•y /ˈsæŋktʃuˌɛri/USA pronunciation n., pl. -ar•ies.WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- Religion[countable] a sacred or holy place, such as a temple or church, or the holiest part within it.
- Religion[countable] a place that provides refuge, esp. (formerly) freedom from being arrested.
- the protection provided by such a place;
asylum:[uncountable]The thief claimed that the chapel provided sanctuary.
- [countable] an area where wildlife live and breed in safety;
sanc•tu•ar•y (sangk′cho̅o̅ er′ē),USA pronunciation n., pl. -ar•ies.
- Religiona sacred or holy place.
- the Biblical tabernacle or the Temple in Jerusalem.
- the holy of holies of these places of worship.
- Religion, Judaisman especially holy place in a temple or church.
- Religionthe part of a church around the altar;
- Religiona church or other sacred place where fugitives were formerly entitled to immunity from arrest.
- immunity afforded by refuge in such a place.
- any place of refuge;
- a tract of land where birds and wildlife, esp. those hunted for sport, can breed and take refuge in safety from hunters.
- Late Latin sānctuārium, equivalent. to sānctu- (replacing Latin sānct-), combining form of sanctus (see Sanctus) + -ārium -ary
- Middle English 1300–50
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged church, temple, altar, shrine, sanctum, adytum.
- 8.See corresponding entry in Unabridged preserve.
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sanctuary /ˈsæŋktjʊərɪ/ n ( pl -aries)
'sanctuary' also found in these entries:
Alea - Alsatia - Dodona - Epidaurus - Jasper National Park - Kruger National Park - Lundy - Olympia - Saint Kilda - altar rail - asylum - athenaeum - bema - bethel - chancel - chapel - delubrum - demand - fane - frithstool - halidom - harbor - haven - holy - iconostasis - introit - inviolable - presbytery - prothesis - refuge - sacrarium - sanctuary lamp - sedilia - sekos - shadow - shelter - shewbread - tabernacle - vimana - violate