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
When diners finally do gain entry to the Little Miss inner sanctum, the scene at the counter erases any lingering doubt.
Merchants peddling wares on Amazon have long used price-tracking robots, paid consultants and prayer to beat competitors, including Amazon itself, into that sanctum.
But there Breitbart was, the outsider suddenly in the inner sanctum of American power, the unpopular kid unexpectedly crowned prom king, sought out by all those who’d once mocked him.
There are times when our democracy depends on leaks to learn what is going on in the inner sanctums of Washington.
Second, the report that Kushner is now a focus of the FBI probe into Russian interference in the election, brings the Justice Department investigation and recently appointed special counsel Robert Mueller into the inner sanctum of the White House.
So what kind of cultural impact can the Trumps have on a city that, barring those in the inner sanctum, is somewhat hostile to them?
The chapel of Notre-Dame des Cyclistes in Labastide-d'Armagnac in south-west France is another sanctum of cycling.
For the second night in a row, Mattingly was ejected and spent the final innings of another loss — the latest a nauseating 6-5 meltdown to the Cardinals in which the Marlins bullpen blew a 5-1 lead — from the sanctum of the clubhouse.
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Origin and Etymology of sanctum
Late Latin, from Latin, neuter of sanctus sacred
First Known Use: 1577See Words from the same year
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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