sanctum sanctorum

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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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

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First Known Use of sanctum sanctorum

1558, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sanctum sanctorum

Late Latin

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“Sanctum sanctorum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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