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Definition of SANCTUARY
: a consecrated place: as
a: the ancient Hebrew temple at Jerusalem or its holy of holies
b (1): the most sacred part of a religious building (as the part of a Christian church in which the altar is placed) (2): the room in which general worship services are held (3): a place (as a church or a temple) for worship
a (1): a place of refuge and protection (2): a refuge for wildlife where predators are controlled and hunting is illegal