Definitions for Sanctuaryˈsæŋk tʃuˌɛr i

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sanc•tu•ar•yˈsæŋk tʃuˌɛr i(n.)(pl.)-ar•ies.

  1. a sacred or holy place.

    Category: Religion

  2. Judaism. the Biblical tabernacle or the Temple in Jerusalem. the holy of holies of these places of worship.

    Category: Judaism

  3. an esp. holy place in a temple or church, as the chancel.

    Category: Religion, Judaism

  4. a church or other sacred place formerly providing refuge, esp. immunity from arrest.

    Category: Religion

  5. the protection provided by such a place.

  6. any place of refuge; asylum.

  7. a tract of land where wildlife can live and breed in safety from hunters; preserve.

Origin of sanctuary:

1325–75; ME seintuarie, san(c)tuarie (< OF saintuaire ) < L sānctuārium=sānct(us) holy (see Sanctus ) +-uārium

Princeton's WordNet

  1. sanctuary(noun)

    a consecrated place where sacred objects are kept

  2. refuge, sanctuary, asylum(noun)

    a shelter from danger or hardship

  3. chancel, sanctuary, bema(noun)

    area around the altar of a church for the clergy and choir; often enclosed by a lattice or railing

Wiktionary

  1. sanctuary(Noun)

    A place of safety, refuge or protection.

    My car is a sanctuary, where none can disturb me except for people who cut me off.

  2. sanctuary(Noun)

    An area set aside for protection.

    The bird sanctuary has strict restrictions on visitors so the birds aren't disturbed.

  3. sanctuary(Noun)

    A state of being protected, asylum.

    The government granted sanctuary to the defector, protecting him from his former government.

  4. sanctuary(Noun)

    The consecrated (or sacred) area of a church or temple around its tabernacle or altar.

  5. Origin: From sanctuary , from saintuaire, from sanctuarium, from sanctus; see saint.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sanctuary(noun)

    a sacred place; a consecrated spot; a holy and inviolable site

  2. Sanctuary(noun)

    the most retired part of the temple at Jerusalem, called the Holy of Holies, in which was kept the ark of the covenant, and into which no person was permitted to enter except the high priest, and he only once a year, to intercede for the people; also, the most sacred part of the tabernacle; also, the temple at Jerusalem

  3. Sanctuary(noun)

    the most sacred part of any religious building, esp. that part of a Christian church in which the altar is placed

  4. Sanctuary(noun)

    a house consecrated to the worship of God; a place where divine service is performed; a church, temple, or other place of worship

  5. Sanctuary(noun)

    a sacred and inviolable asylum; a place of refuge and protection; shelter; refuge; protection

Freebase

  1. Sanctuary

    A sanctuary, in its original meaning, is a sacred place, such as a shrine. By the use of such places as a safe haven, by extension the term has come to be used for any place of safety. This secondary use can be categorized into human sanctuary, a safe place for humans, such as a political sanctuary; and non-human sanctuary, such as an animal or plant sanctuary.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. sanctuary

    A nation or area near or contiguous to the combat area that, by tacit agreement between the warring powers, is exempt from attack and therefore serves as a refuge for staging, logistic, or other activities of the combatant powers.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

sanctuary(noun)

a holy or sacred place

the sanctuary of the god Apollo.

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