noun, plural sanc·tu·ar·ies.
- the Biblical tabernacle or the Temple in Jerusalem.
- the holy of holies of these places of worship.
Origin of sanctuary
Examples from the Web for sanctuary
He hits bottom at Rocamadour, a sanctuary in the Dordogne known as a citadel of faith devoted to Mary.Houellebecq’s Incendiary Novel Imagines France With a Muslim President|Pierre Assouline|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
“Sanctuary for all, community for all, etc, etc.” So he was on the road to community, you know?‘Walking Dead’ Showrunner Scott Gimple Teases ‘Darker, Weirder’ Times Ahead|Melissa Leon|December 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As Yellowstone bears increasingly wander outside the sanctuary of the park, they run an ever-greater risk of getting shot.
The sanctuary the phantom callers promise comes with a price.The Walking Dead’s Luke Skywalker: Rick Grimes Is the Perfect Modern-Day Mythical Hero|Regina Lizik|October 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Excessive tourism could lead to a more rapid destruction of this sanctuary.
One step more and we enter the sanctuary, the king's apartment.The Origins of Contemporary France, Volume 1 (of 6)|Hippolyte A. Taine
I should have hesitated to buy so costly a garment for myself; but this is for the Service of the Sanctuary.A Temporary Dead-Lock|Thomas A. Janvier
The posts of the temple were squared, and the front of the sanctuary had the same appearance.The Prophet Ezekiel|Arno C. Gaebelein
If so, the king's restoration would be the condition of satisfying the psalmist's longing for the sanctuary.The Expositor's Bible: The Psalms, Vol. 2|Alexander Maclaren
The sanctuary is all marble, there are handsome stained glass windows and many historic pictures and votive offerings.Montreal 1535-1914, Volume II (of 2)|William Henry Atherton
British Dictionary definitions for sanctuary
noun plural -aries
- the Israelite temple at Jerusalem, esp the holy of holies
- the tabernacle in which the Ark was enshrined during the wanderings of the Israelites
- a sacred building where fugitives were formerly entitled to immunity from arrest or execution
- the immunity so afforded