Definition of sanctum noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈsæŋktəm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsæŋktəm//
    [usually singular] (formal)
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  1. 1a private room where somebody can go and not be disturbed She once allowed me into her inner sanctum.
  2. 2a holy place
  3. Word Originlate 16th cent.: from Latin, neuter of sanctus ‘holy’, from sancire ‘consecrate’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: sanctum