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ˈsæŋk tʃuˌɛr isanc·tu·ary

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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.

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

  2. sanctuary(Noun)

    An area set aside for protection.

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

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

  3. sanctuary(Noun)

    A state of being protected, asylum.

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

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

  4. sanctuary(Noun)

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

    Etymology: 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

    Etymology: [OE. seintuarie, OF. saintuaire, F. sanctuaire, fr. L. sanctuarium, from sanctus sacred, holy. See Saint.]

  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

    Etymology: [OE. seintuarie, OF. saintuaire, F. sanctuaire, fr. L. sanctuarium, from sanctus sacred, holy. See Saint.]

  3. Sanctuary(noun)

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

    Etymology: [OE. seintuarie, OF. saintuaire, F. sanctuaire, fr. L. sanctuarium, from sanctus sacred, holy. See Saint.]

  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

    Etymology: [OE. seintuarie, OF. saintuaire, F. sanctuaire, fr. L. sanctuarium, from sanctus sacred, holy. See Saint.]

  5. Sanctuary(noun)

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

    Etymology: [OE. seintuarie, OF. saintuaire, F. sanctuaire, fr. L. sanctuarium, from sanctus sacred, holy. See Saint.]

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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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sanctuary in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sanctuary in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of sanctuary in a Sentence

  1. Pastor Nelson:

    Cameras capture him trying to get in and on the sanctuary door, he bangs on it and pulls on it and he backs up, put his hand on the gun. So whoever would've opened it would have possibly have gotten shot and killed.

  2. Casey Cagle:

    I think that Washington should look to Georgia for examples of conservative leadership, in Georgia, we’ve outlawed and defunded sanctuary cities, we balance our budget every single year and we’ve combatted entitlement abuse head-on with work requirements all while becoming the No. 1 state for business.

  3. Chris Abee:

    When the chimpanzees are not on study, this is a sanctuary for them.

  4. June Saruwatari:

    Magic, miracles and messages abound when you step into the inner sanctuary of your special self.

  5. Marcus Bachmann:

    This should be a sanctuary respected by all parties.

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