|Origin:||sainctuarie, from Late Latin sanctuarium, from Latin sanctus; SAINT|
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.
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]
Fleeing refugees found sanctuary in Geneva.
a sanctuary for battered women
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
the right that people had under Christian law, especially in the past, to be protected from police, soldiers etc by staying in a church