sanctuary - definition and synonyms

noun 

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/ˈsæŋktʃuəri/
singularsanctuary
pluralsanctuaries
  1. 1
    [uncountable] official protection given to someone by a place that is safe for them

    Refugees sought sanctuary in Thailand.

    1. a.
      [countable/uncountable] a place where you can be safe or comfortable

      All she wanted now was the sanctuary of her own room.

  2. 2
    [countable] a special area where animals live in a natural environment protected from people

    a wildlife sanctuary

    1. a.
      a place for pets that are not wanted or that have not been treated well

      an animal sanctuary

  3. 3
    [countable] the most holy part of a religious building