from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n.pl. The innermost parts of a building, especially the sanctuary of a temple.
- n.pl. The most private or secret parts; recesses: the penetralia of the soul.
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- n. The innermost, secret or hidden parts.
- n. The innermost parts of a building, such as a shrine, recess or a sanctuary within a temple.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n.pl. The recesses, or innermost parts, of any thing or place, especially of a temple or palace.
- n.pl. Hidden things or secrets; privacy; sanctuary.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- The interior parts of anything; specifically, the inner parts of a building, as a temple or palace; hence, a sanctuary, especially the sanctuary of the Penates.
- Hidden things; secrets.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the innermost parts
Latin penetrālia, from neuter pl. of penetrālis, inner, from penetrāre, to penetrate; see penetrate.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)