- a sacred or holy place.
- an inviolably private place or retreat.
Origin of sanctum
Examples from the Web for sanctum
As soon as Pierre was alone in the Cardinal's sanctum he examined it with curiosity.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
I summon my companion, who joins me, and we enter our sanctum.The Pearl of the Antilles, or An Artist in Cuba
"So this is her sanctum," thinks her husband, glancing around.Molly Bawn
Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
I then called on Wendell Phillips in his sanctum for the same purpose.Susan B. Anthony
In the sanctum was Devi, a large black figure with ten arms.Vikram and the Vampire
Richard F. Burton
- a sacred or holy place
- a room or place of total privacy or inviolability
Word Origin and History for sanctum
1570s, "holy place of the Jewish tabernacle," from Latin sanctum "a holy place," as in Late Latin sanctum sanctorum "holy of holies" (translating Greek to hagion ton hagion, translating Hebrew qodesh haqqodashim), from neuter of sanctus "holy" (see saint (n.)). In English, sanctum sanctorum attested from c.1400; in sense of "a person's private retreat" from 1706.