An example of a sanctuary is a church or temple.
An example of a sanctuary is your home.
The government granted sanctuary to the defector, protecting him from his former government.
- 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.
My car is a sanctuary, where none can disturb me except for people who cut me off.
The bird sanctuary has strict restrictions on visitors so the birds aren't disturbed.
Origin of sanctuary
- Middle English from Old French sainctuarie from Late Latin sānctuārium from Latin sānctus sacred sanctify
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition