[ sangk-tawr-uh m, -tohr- ]
/ sæŋkˈtɔr əm, -ˈtoʊr- /
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
Words nearby sanctum sanctorum
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Example sentences from the Web for sanctum sanctorum
The grand parlor was the sanctum-sanctorum where the passion for cleaning was indulged without control.Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 8|Charles H. Sylvester
British Dictionary definitions for 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
[ (sangk-tuhm sangk-tawr-uhm) ]
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