sanctum sanctorum


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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 Inside the sanctum sanctorum, the white sheets will be washed and replaced daily, and fewer people from the gurudwara will be allowed to touch the fan brush, according to Singh. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, 10 June 2020 In the city of Pyongyang, the sanctum sanctorum of the Workers’ Party of Korea, there are changes afoot that would have vexed Stalin. Evan Osnos, The New Yorker, 8 Sep. 2017 See More

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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 6 Dec. 2022.

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