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sanctuary

[ sangk-choo-er-ee ]
/ ˈsæŋk tʃuˌɛr i /
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Definition of sanctuary

noun, plural sanc·tu·ar·ies.
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Origin of sanctuary

1300–50; Middle English <Late Latin sānctuārium, equivalent to sānctu- (replacing Latin sānct-), combining form of sanctus (see Sanctus) + -ārium-ary

OTHER WORDS FROM sanctuary

sanc·tu·ar·ied, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for sanctuary

sanctuary
/ (ˈsæŋktjʊərɪ) /

noun plural -aries

Word Origin for sanctuary

C14: from Old French sainctuarie, from Late Latin sanctuārium repository for holy things, from Latin sanctus holy
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