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 sanctum
One afternoon the superintendent stopped his car at the Junction and called the little man into his sanctum.Nancy McVeigh of the Monk Road|R. Henry Mainer
"I hope I am not interrupting you," he said, as he entered the sanctum.
Error has no hobby, however boldly ridden or brilliantly caparisoned, that can leap into the sanctum of Christian Science.No and Yes|Mary Baker Eddy
When Baalim was left in charge of Dr Tom's sanctum no man dare enter it.Settling Day|Nat Gould
But he let me pass, and I ascended one of the profane lateral stairways and treated myself to a glimpse of the Sanctum Sanctorum.Italian Hours|Henry James
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.