1 a place of inviolable privacy; "he withdrew to his sanctum sanctorum, where the children could never go" [syn: sanctum sanctorum]
EtymologyLatin sanctum, 'holy place'
- A place set apart, as with a sanctum
sanctorum; a private retreat or workroom.
- 1848 For myself, I had no need to make any change; I should not be called upon to quit my sanctum of the schoolroom; for a sanctum it was now become to me, -- "a very pleasant refuge in time of trouble." Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre'', Chapter 17.
A sanctum is a holy site.
Other uses of the term include: