- An example of a sanctuary is a church or temple.
- An example of a sanctuary is your home.
The definition of a sanctuary is a place of refuge or rest, a place where you can feel at peace or the holiest part of a temple or a church.
- a holy place, as a building set aside for worship of the divinity or of one or more deities; specif.,
- the ancient Temple at Jerusalem
- a Christian church
- any church or temple
- a particularly holy place within a church or temple, as the part around the altar, the holy of holies in the Jewish Temple, etc.
- a place of refuge or protection; asylum: orig., fugitives from justice were immune from arrest in churches or other sacred places
- immunity from punishment or the law, as by taking refuge in a church, etc.
- a wildlife reservation where animals or birds are sheltered for breeding purposes and may not be hunted or trapped
Origin of sanctuaryMiddle English from Middle French saintuaire from Late Latin sanctuarium from Classical Latin sanctus, sacred: see saint
- a. A sacred place, such as a church, temple, or mosque.b. The holiest part of a sacred place, as the part of a Christian church around the altar.
- a. A sacred place, such as a church, in which fugitives formerly were immune to arrest.b. Immunity to arrest afforded by a sanctuary: sought sanctuary in the church.c. The condition of being protected or comforted: “Women such as herself tended to … seek sanctuary in religion” ( Paul Scott ) See Synonyms at shelter.
- a. A place of refuge or asylum.b. A reserved area in which birds and other animals, especially wild animals, are protected from hunting or disturbance.
Origin of sanctuaryMiddle English from Old French sainctuarie from Late Latin sānctuārium from Latin sānctus sacred ; see sanctify .
- A place of safety, refuge, or protection.
- My car is a sanctuary, where none can disturb me except for people who cut me off.
- An area set aside for protection.
- The bird sanctuary has strict restrictions on visitors so the birds aren't disturbed.
- A state of being protected, asylum.
- The government granted sanctuary to the defector, protecting him from his former government.
- The consecrated (sacred) area of a church or temple around its tabernacle or altar.