Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “sanctuary”

sanctuary

noun
 
 
/ˈsæŋktʃʊəri/
QUIET [C, U] a quiet and peaceful place: After a busy day, I like to escape to the sanctuary of my garden.Safe and enclosed spaces
PROTECTION [C, U] a place that provides protection: to seek sanctuary Safe and enclosed spaces
ANIMALS [C] a place where animals are protected and cannot be hunted: a bird/wildlife sanctuary Animal Dwellings - man-madeAnimal dwellings - naturalZoos and wildlife reserves
(Definition of sanctuary from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “sanctuary” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

beer mat

a small piece of cardboard that you put under a glass to protect a table surface in a pub or bar

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More