noun, plural sanc·tu·ar·ies.
- the Biblical tabernacle or the Temple in Jerusalem.
- the holy of holies of these places of worship.
- sanction mark,
- sanctuary city,
- sanctuary lamp,
- sanctum sanctorum,
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
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
Word Origin for sanctuary
early 14c., "building set apart for holy worship," from Anglo-French sentuarie, Old French saintuaire "sacred relic, holy thing; reliquary, sanctuary," from Late Latin sanctuarium "a sacred place, shrine" (especially the Hebrew Holy of Holies; see sanctum), also "a private room," from Latin sanctus "holy" (see saint (n.)).
Since the time of Constantine and by medieval Church law, fugitives or debtors enjoyed immunity from arrest in certain churches, hence transferred sense of "immunity from punishment" (late 14c.). Exceptions were made in England in cases of treason and sacrilege. General (non-ecclesiastical) sense of "place of refuge or protection" is attested from 1560s; as "land set aside for wild plants or animals to breed and live" it is recorded from 1879.