Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: sainctuarie, from Late Latin sanctuarium, from Latin sanctus; SAINT


sanc‧tu‧a‧ry plural sanctuaries
1 [countable] an area for birds or animals where they are protected and cannot be hunted [= refuge]
bird/wildlife etc sanctuary
The park is the largest wildlife sanctuary in the US.
sanctuary for
a sanctuary for tigers
2 [uncountable and countable] a peaceful place that is safe and provides protection, especially for people who are in danger [= refuge]
find/seek sanctuary
Fleeing refugees found sanctuary in Geneva.
sanctuary for
a sanctuary for battered women
3 [countable]RRTBB the part of a religious building that is considered to be the most holy
4 [countable] American EnglishTB the room in a religious building where religious services take place
5 [uncountable]RRC the right that people had under Christian law, especially in the past, to be protected from police, soldiers etc by staying in a church

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