sanc·​tum | \ ˈsaŋ(k)-təm How to pronounce sanctum (audio) \
plural sanctums also sancta\ ˈsaŋ(k)-​tə How to pronounce sanctum (audio) \

Definition of sanctum

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

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Examples of sanctum in a Sentence

Her office was her sanctum. the sanctum of a church
Recent Examples on the Web The pastel contributed to an understated and optically quieter sanctum, especially when present in the visually soft materials—rosy plaster and concrete—that form the walls, ceiling and floor. Catherine Dash, WSJ, 23 Mar. 2022 Bands like Metallica, Judas Priest and Black Sabbath, whose posters line the walls of the pair’s inner sanctum (the basement at Hunter’s house) are role models. Courtney Howard, Variety, 7 Apr. 2022 The recreations helped to, hopefully, immerse the viewer deeper into Warhol’s world and inner sanctum. Addie Morfoot, Variety, 9 Mar. 2022 But the jazzy, anticipatory score is a clue that something bad is going to burst into Leonard’s sanctum. Amy Nicholson, WSJ, 17 Mar. 2022 There is no way to be sure of what the billionaires are telling Putin inside the sanctum of the Kremlin. Samanth Subramanian, Quartz, 1 Mar. 2022 The incident occurred during the daily evening prayer on Saturday, media reported, after the man jumped over a railing inside the inner sanctum and attempted to grab a sword that was kept near the Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh holy book. NBC News, 20 Dec. 2021 The inner sanctum of the clubhouse, the guys, the coaching staff, everything about it. Stephen Hawkins, ajc, 30 Sep. 2021 She was grudgingly admitted into the scene’s inner sanctum. Max Holleran, The New Republic, 14 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of sanctum

1577, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sanctum

Late Latin, from Latin, neuter of sanctus sacred

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The first known use of sanctum was in 1577

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Last Updated

7 May 2022

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“Sanctum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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