sanctum sanctorum


sanc·​tum sanc·​to·​rum ˌsaŋ(k)-təm-ˌsaŋ(k)-ˈtȯr-əm How to pronounce sanctum sanctorum (audio)

Examples of sanctum sanctorum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Misra said that about 100,000 devotees are expected to visit the temple everyday, meaning an individual might only be allowed inside the sanctum sanctorum for about 20 seconds, due to demand. Rhea Mogul, CNN, 16 Sep. 2023 The sanctum sanctorum of the assembly is legendary, being the body that supervises and selects the supreme leader. Aaron David Miller and jason Brodsky, Foreign Affairs, 13 Jan. 2016 At home, the kitchen is her sanctum sanctorum. Rhea Mulani, Bon Appétit, 12 Oct. 2022 This one-of-a-kind experience inside yacht racing’s fastest, adrenaline-surging technical sport, SailGP, is a three-day voyage into the sanctum sanctorum of the US team, offered exclusively to a Robb Report reader and guest. Robb Report, 7 Dec. 2022 The interior of its hoopskirt canopy had acted as the sisters’ sanctum sanctorum. David Gilbert, The New Yorker, 10 Oct. 2022 But what if a more discouraging score had sloughed out of the CBO’s sanctum sanctorum? Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 19 Nov. 2021 There were suggestions that some had found their way into the entrails of the stadium, reaching as far as Old Trafford’s sanctum sanctorum, the home team’s changing room. New York Times, 2 May 2021 Once upon a time, our brand was considered the sanctum sanctorum of fashion. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, 30 Nov. 2020

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Word History


Late Latin

First Known Use

1558, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of sanctum sanctorum was in 1558

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“Sanctum sanctorum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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