[sangk-tawr-uh m, -tohr-]
- the holy of holies of the Biblical tabernacle and the Temple in Jerusalem.
- sanctum(def 2).
Origin of sanctum sanctorum
1350–1400; Middle English < Latin sānctum sānctōrum, translation of Hebrew qōdhesh haqqodhāshīm holy of holies
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Examples 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
- Bible another term for the holy of holies
- often facetious an especially private place
C14: from Latin, literally: holy of holies, rendering Hebrew qōdesh haqqodāshīm
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