What does sanctuary mean?

Definitions for sanctuary
ˈsæŋk tʃuˌɛr isanc·tu·a·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sanctuarynoun

    a consecrated place where sacred objects are kept

  2. refuge, sanctuary, asylumnoun

    a shelter from danger or hardship

  3. chancel, sanctuary, bemanoun

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

Wiktionary

  1. sanctuarynoun

    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. sanctuarynoun

    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. sanctuarynoun

    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. sanctuarynoun

    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. Sanctuarynoun

    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. Sanctuarynoun

    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. Sanctuarynoun

    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. Sanctuarynoun

    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. Sanctuarynoun

    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. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    Proverbs are the literature of reason, or the statements of absolute truth, without qualification. Like the sacred books of each nation, they are the sanctuary of its intuitions.

  2. President Donald Trump:

    The United States of America should be a sanctuary for law-abiding Americans, not criminal aliens.

  3. Steve Adler:

    Based on the conversation we've had last night and today, I don't think Austin and Travis County qualify as a sanctuary city.

  4. Bryan Kibler:

    We’re just stealing the language that sanctuary cities use, we wanted to … get across that our Second Amendment rights are slowly being stripped away.

  5. Ryan Hart:

    That was my home, my sanctuary, a place where I could leave my problems at the door and nothing else mattered.

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