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sanctum

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noun sanc·tum \ˈsaŋ(k)-təm\

Simple Definition of sanctum

  • : a place where you are not bothered by other people

  • : a holy or sacred place

Full Definition of sanctum

plural sanctums also sanc·ta play \-tə\

  1. 1 :  a sacred place

  2. 2 :  a place where one is free from intrusion <an editor's sanctum> <the inner sanctums of research>

Examples of sanctum

  1. Her office was her sanctum.

  2. the sanctum of a church



Origin of sanctum

Late Latin, from Latin, neuter of sanctus sacred


First Known Use: 1577

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