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sanctuary

noun sanc·tu·ary \ˈsaŋ(k)-chə-ˌwer-ē\

: a place where someone or something is protected or given shelter

: the protection that is provided by a safe place

: the room inside a church, synagogue, etc., where religious services are held

plural sanc·tu·ar·ies

Full Definition of SANCTUARY

1
:  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
2
a (1) :  a place of refuge and protection (2) :  a refuge for wildlife where predators are controlled and hunting is illegal
b :  the immunity from law attached to a sanctuary

Examples of SANCTUARY

  1. The house was a sanctuary for runaway teens.
  2. The refugees found sanctuary when they crossed the border.
  3. The sanctuary contains the altar of sacrifice.

Origin of SANCTUARY

Middle English seintuarie, sanctuarie, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin sanctuarium, from Latin sanctus
First Known Use: 14th century

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Rhymes with SANCTUARY

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SANCTUARY Defined for Kids

sanctuary

noun sanc·tu·ary \ˈsaŋk-chə-ˌwer-ē\
plural sanc·tu·ar·ies

Definition of SANCTUARY for Kids

1
:  a holy or sacred place
2
:  a building or room for religious worship
3
:  a place that provides safety or protection <a wildlife sanctuary>
4
:  the protection from danger or a difficult situation that is provided by a safe place

Word Root of SANCTUARY

The Latin word sacer, meaning holy, and the related word sānctus, also meaning holy, give us the roots sacr and sanct. Words from the Latin sacer or sānctus have something to do with holiness. A sanctuary is a holy place. Anything sacred is holy. To sacrifice is to dedicate as a holy offering to a god.

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