sanctum sanctorum

[ sangk-tawr-uhm, -tohr- ]
/ sæŋkˈtɔr əm, -ˈtoʊr- /
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the holy of holies of the Biblical tabernacle and the Temple in Jerusalem.



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Origin of sanctum sanctorum

1350–1400; Middle English <Latin sānctum sānctōrum, translation of Hebrew qōdhesh haqqodhāshīm holy of holies

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British Dictionary definitions for sanctum sanctorum

sanctum sanctorum
/ (sæŋkˈtɔːrəm) /


Bible another term for the holy of holies
often facetious an especially private place

Word Origin for sanctum sanctorum

C14: from Latin, literally: holy of holies, rendering Hebrew qōdesh haqqodāshīm
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Cultural definitions for sanctum sanctorum

sanctum sanctorum
[ (sangk-tuhm sangk-tawr-uhm) ]

Latin for “holy of holies.” The place in the Jewish temple in Jerusalem (see also Jerusalem) where the Ark of the Covenant was kept. By extension, a sacred and private place.

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