sanctuary

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Pronunciation[change]

  • (UK) IPA: /ˈsæŋktjʊəɹi/ or /ˈsæŋkt͡ʃʊəɹi/
  • (US) IPA: /ˈsæŋkt͡ʃuˌɛɹi/
  • Hyphenation: sanc‧tu‧ary

Noun[change]

Singular
sanctuary

Plural
sanctuaries

  1. (countable) A sanctuary is a place of safety, refuge, or protection.
    My car is a sanctuary, where none can disturb me except for people who cut me off.
  2. (countable) A sanctuary is an area set aside for protection.
    The bird sanctuary has strict restrictions on visitors so the birds aren't disturbed.
  3. (uncountable) Sanctuary is a state of being protected.
    The government granted sanctuary to the defector, protecting him from his former government.