- The definition of a sacrarium is a drain that empties directly into soil and is used for disposing of water used to wash sacred items.
An example of a sacrarium is the drain in the basin where the communion chalices and trays are washed.
a drain, usually in a sacristy, leading directly to the earth, for disposal of water used in washing altar linens, chalices, etc.
Origin of sacrariumClassical Latin ; from sacer, sacred
nounpl. sa·crar·i·a Ecclesiastical
- The sanctuary or sacristy of a church.
Origin of sacrariumMedieval Latin sacrārium, from Latin, shrine, from sacer, sacr-, sacred; see sacred.
- (in Ancient Rome) A place where sacred objects were kept, either in a temple (the adytum) or in a house (holding the penates)
- The area surrounding the altar of a Christian church; the sanctuary or piscina. Sometimes specifically a drain directly to the earth, perhaps including reference to a basin, for washing vessels from consecration.
From Latin sacrārium.