What does asylum mean?

Definitions for asylum
əˈsaɪ ləmasy·lum

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word asylum.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. refuge, sanctuary, asylumnoun

    a shelter from danger or hardship

  2. mental hospital, psychiatric hospital, mental institution, institution, mental home, insane asylum, asylumnoun

    a hospital for mentally incompetent or unbalanced person


  1. asylumnoun

    A place of safety

  2. asylumnoun

    The protection, physical and legal, afforded by such a place.

  3. asylumnoun

    A place of protection or restraint for one or more classes of the disadvantaged, especially the mentally ill.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Asylumnoun

    A place out of which he that has fled to it, may not be taken; a sanctuary; a refuge.

    Etymology: Lat. ἄσυλον from α, not, and συλέω, to pillage.

    So sacred was the church to some, that it had the right of an asylum, or sanctuary. John Ayliffe, Parergon.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Asylumnoun

    a sanctuary or place of refuge and protection, where criminals and debtors found shelter, and from which they could not be forcibly taken without sacrilege

  2. Asylumnoun

    any place of retreat and security

  3. Asylumnoun

    an institution for the protection or relief of some class of destitute, unfortunate, or afflicted persons; as, an asylum for the aged, for the blind, or for the insane; a lunatic asylum; an orphan asylum

  4. Etymology: [L. asylum, Gr. , fr. exempt from spoliation, inviolable; 'a priv. + right of seizure.]


  1. Asylum

    Asylum is a horror film from 20th Century Fox released on DVD in 2008. David R. Ellis, of Final Destination 2 and Snakes on a Plane, directed. Parts of the movie were filmed on the campus of Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC. The film stars Sarah Roemer.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Asylum

    a-sīl′um, n. a place of refuge for debtors and for such as were accused of some crime: an institution for the care or relief of the unfortunate, such as the blind or insane: any place of refuge or protection. [L.—Gr. asylona, neg., sylē, right of seizure.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. asylum

    A sanctuary or refuge; a name given to a benevolent institution at Greenwich, for 800 boys and 200 girls, orphans of seamen and marines. The Royal Military Asylum is also an excellent establishment of a similar nature at Chelsea, besides numerous others.

Editors Contribution

  1. Asylum

    A safe haven

    Seeking asylum in a country that freedom is prized the most.

    Submitted by anonymous on February 28, 2019  

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'asylum' in Nouns Frequency: #2985

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of asylum in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of asylum in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of asylum in a Sentence

  1. Immigration Minister Inger Stojberg:

    It is the government's clear position that Denmark should not be part of any mandatory quota system where it is decided from Brussels how many asylum seekers we should take in Denmark, we do already take a significant co-responsibility and treat the asylum seekers here fairly.

  2. Lee Gelernt:

    It is a foundational principle of our Constitution that individuals deprived of their liberty have access to a federal court - this includes asylum seekers whose lives are in danger.

  3. Chuck Schumer:

    We must allow asylum-seekers to present their claims at our ports of entry and be afforded due process.

  4. Aaron Reichlin-Melnick:

    If this rule fully goes into effect, virtually no one who arrived at the southern border would ever be allowed to ask for asylum in the United States.

  5. Leon Rodriguez:

    There's been a very remarkable increase in the number of people asking for asylum in the last five or six years or so, and ... it looks very much like people were trying to take advantage of a very lenient system and one they would not be penalized for using and that motivates illegal immigration and harms the integrity of our legal immigration system.

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