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SANCTUARY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does sanctuary mean? 

SANCTUARY (noun)
  The noun SANCTUARY has 3 senses:

1. a consecrated place where sacred objects are kept
2. a shelter from danger or hardship
3. area around the altar of a church for the clergy and choir; often enclosed by a lattice or railing

  Familiarity information: SANCTUARY used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


SANCTUARY (noun)


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Meaning:

A consecrated place where sacred objects are kept

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("sanctuary" is a kind of...):

place; property (any area set aside for a particular purpose)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "sanctuary"):

holy of holies; sanctum sanctorum ((Judaism) sanctuary comprised of the innermost chamber of the Tabernacle in the temple of Solomon where the Ark of the Covenant was kept)

Tabernacle ((Judaism) a portable sanctuary in which the Jews carried the Ark of the Covenant on their exodus)


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Meaning:

A shelter from danger or hardship

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

asylum; sanctuary; refuge

Hypernyms ("sanctuary" is a kind of...):

shelter (a structure that provides privacy and protection from danger)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "sanctuary"):

harbor; harbour (a place of refuge and comfort and security)

safehold (a refuge from attack)

safe house (a house used as a hiding place or refuge by members of certain organizations)


Sense 3sanctuary [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Area around the altar of a church for the clergy and choir; often enclosed by a lattice or railing

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

bema; chancel; sanctuary

Hypernyms ("sanctuary" is a kind of...):

area (a part of a structure having some specific characteristic or function)

Meronyms (parts of "sanctuary"):

choir (the area occupied by singers; the part of the chancel between sanctuary and nave)

Holonyms ("sanctuary" is a part of...):

church; church building (a place for public (especially Christian) worship)


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