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
Examples of sanctum in a Sentence
Her office was her sanctum.
the sanctum of a church
Recent Examples of sanctum from the Web
There are times when our democracy depends on leaks to learn what is going on in the inner sanctums of Washington.
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Origin and Etymology of sanctum
Late Latin, from Latin, neuter of sanctus sacred
First Known Use: 1577
SANCTUM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of sanctum for English Language Learners
: a place where you are not bothered by other people
: a holy or sacred place
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