noun, plural sanc·tums, sanc·ta [sangk-tuh] /ˈsæŋk tə/.
- sanctuary city,
- sanctuary lamp,
- sanctum sanctorum,
- sanctus bell,
- sanctus turret,
Origin of sanctum
Examples from the Web for sancta
She became abbess of the nuns of Sancta Clara, and castigated her body.History of the Jews, Vol. IV (of VI)|Heinrich Graetz
Again the people fell upon their knees, and called out, "Sancta Rosalia, ora pro nobis!"The Devil's Elixir|E. T. A. Hoffmann
Oh, sancta not simplicitas, but —— Oh, clear-sighted Republican!Diary from March 4, 1861, to November 12, 1862|Adam Gurowski
Even to-day, religious cults have sacred vases in their Sancta Sanctorum.The Montessori Method|Maria Montessori
Sancta Sophia was the place appointed for the services, and Constantine had published his intention to be present.The Prince of India, Volume II|Lew. Wallace
noun plural -tums or -ta (-tə)
Word Origin 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.