Meaning of “sacred” in the English Dictionary

"sacred" in British English

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sacredadjective

uk /ˈseɪ.krɪd/ us /ˈseɪ.krɪd/

C1 considered to be holy and deserving respect, especially because of a connection with a god:

This area is sacred to the Apaches.

C1 connected with religion:

sacred music/writings

C2 considered too important to be changed:

His daily routine is absolutely sacred to him.
humorous They proposed changing the name of the team - is nothing sacred?

More examples

  • sacred rituals
  • sacred and profane art
  • sacred texts
  • Islam's most sacred shrine is at Mecca in Saudi Arabia.
  • Kachina masks, worn by the dancers, are sacred objects.
sacredness
noun [ U ] uk /ˈseɪ.krɪd.nəs/ us /ˈseɪ.krɪd.nəs/

(Definition of “sacred” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"sacred" in American English

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sacredadjective

us /ˈseɪ·krɪd/

holy and deserving respect:

sacred writings/music
fig. Art was sacred to her (= extremely important and deserving respect).

(Definition of “sacred” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)