sanctum

noun sanc·tum \ ˈsaŋ(k)-təm \
Updated on: 4 Dec 2017

Definition of sanctum

plural sanctums also sancta play \ˈsaŋ(k)-tə\
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

  1. Her office was her sanctum.

  2. the sanctum of a church

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Origin and Etymology of sanctum

Late Latin, from Latin, neuter of sanctus sacred

sanctum Synonyms

Synonyms
sanctuary, shrine
Related Words
reliquary; martyry

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SANCTUM Defined for English Language Learners

sanctum

noun

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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