• (RP) IPA: /ˈsæŋktjʊəɹi/, /ˈsæŋkt͡ʃʊəɹi/
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈsæŋkt͡ʃuˌɛɹi/

sanctuary (plural sanctuaries)

  1. A place of safety, refuge or protection.
    My car is a sanctuary, where none can disturb me except for people who cut me off.
  2. An area set aside for protection.
    The bird sanctuary has strict restrictions on visitors so the birds aren't disturbed.
  3. A state of being protected, asylum.
    The government granted sanctuary to the defector, protecting him from his former government.
  4. The consecrated (or sacred) area of a church or temple around its tabernacle or altar.
Synonyms Translations Translations Translations
  • French: asile
  • German: Asyl
  • Russian: убе́жище

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