Definitions of sanctuary

  1. a consecrated place where sacred objects are kept
  2. A sacred place; a consecrated spot; a holy and inviolable site.
  3. The most retired part of the temple at Jerusalem, called the Holy of Holies, in which was kept the ark of the covenant, and into which no person was permitted to enter except the high priest, and he only once a year, to intercede for the people; also, the most sacred part of the tabernacle; also, the temple at Jerusalem.
  4. The most sacred part of any religious building, esp. that part of a Christian church in which the altar is placed.
  5. A house consecrated to the worship of God; a place where divine service is performed; a church, temple, or other place of worship.
  6. A sacred and inviolable asylum; a place of refuge and protection; shelter; refuge; protection.
  7. A consecrated place; church or temple; a place of shelter or refuge.
  8. A sacred place: a place for the worship of God: the most sacred part of the Temple of Jerusalem: the Temple itself: the part of a church round the altar: an inviolable asylum: refuge.
  9. A holy or sacred place.
  10. A place of refuge; asylum; immunity.
  11. A sacred place; a house consecrated to the worship of God; the Jewish temple; its most holy place; that part of a church where the altar is situated; a place of protection; a sacred asylum; shelter.
  12. A holy place; a place consecrated for the worship of the Deity; in a R. Cath. Ch., the part around the altar enclosed by a balustrade; a sacred asylum beyond the reach of the civil power; shelter; protection.