What does asylum mean?

Definitions for asylum
əˈsaɪ ləmasy·lum

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage 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.


  1. asylum

    Asylum refers to the protection granted by a nation to someone who has left their own country as a political refugee, typically due to persecution, war or violence. It can also refer to an institution providing specialized care or shelter, like for the mentally ill or homeless. But, in general, it's a place of safety, refuge, or protection.

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. Michael Tan:

    This is about the Trump administration's agenda of locking up any asylum seeker they can to deter people from seeking protection under our laws.

  2. German Chancellor Angela Merkel:

    The right to asylum can be lost if someone is convicted, on probation or jailed, serial offenders who repeatedly rob or repeatedly affront women must feel the full force of the law.

  3. Johanna Mikl-Leitner:

    If I remember rightly, we have sent more than 5,000 or 5,500 back from Austria, especially to Bulgaria and Romania among others, for a functioning asylum system, you need an effective return policy, and there's still a lot of work to do on this, especially with regard to north African countries.

  4. Aaron Reichlin-Melnick:

    It'll require most asylum seekers to rely on charity or work under the table to survive.

  5. Mark Fleming:

    The interview was woefully inadequate for eliciting the information necessary to assess whether she had a bona fide claim to asylum.

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