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[suh-krair-ee-uh m]
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noun, plural sa·crar·i·a [suh-krair-ee-uh] /səˈkrɛər i ə/.
  1. Roman Catholic Church. a piscina.
  2. Ecclesiastical. the sanctuary or chancel.
  3. Roman History. a shrine or sanctuary.
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Origin of sacrarium

1700–10; < Latin, equivalent to sacr-, stem of sacer holy + -ārium -ary
Related formssa·crar·i·al, adjective
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Related Words for sacrarium

altar, sanctum, shrine, temple, chancel

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Historical Examples of sacrarium

  • Sacrarium, the part of a temple where the sacred things were deposited.

    The Children of Westminster Abbey

    Rose G. Kingsley

  • Superfice (Dryden) has not put superficies, nor sacrary (Hacket) sacrarium, nor limbeck alembic, out of use.

    English Past and Present

    Richard Chevenix Trench

  • Alt′ar-rails, rails separating the sacrarium from the rest of the chancel.

  • It spans the whole of the choir, and is continued along the sides of the sacrarium, forming sedilia of four seats on either side.

  • There is a richly-sculptured monument of a bishop on the southern side of the sacrarium.

British Dictionary definitions for sacrarium


noun plural -craria (-ˈkrɛərɪə)
  1. the sanctuary of a church
  2. RC Church a place near the altar of a church, similar in function to the piscina, where materials used in the sacred rites are deposited or poured away
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Word Origin for sacrarium

C18: from Latin sacrārium, from sacer sacred
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