/ˈsæŋk.tʃʊə.ri/ US /-tʃu.er.i/
1. [C usually singular; U] protection or a safe place, especially for someone or something being chased or hunted:
Illegal immigrants found/sought/took sanctuary in a local church.
The chapel became a sanctuary for the refugees.
FIGURATIVE If I want some peace and quiet, I take sanctuary in my study.
2. [C] a place where birds or animals can live and be protected, especially from hunters or dangerous conditions:
a wildlife/bird sanctuary
3. [C] the most holy part of a religious building« Back to Glossary IndexNo tags for this post.