from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, near, or relating to the sacrum.
  • adj. Relating to sacred rites or observances.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of the sacrum.
  • adj. Sacred
  • n. Any of the sacral bones that make up the sacrum

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the sacrum; in the region of the sacrum.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to the sacrum.
  • n. A sacral vertebra. Abbreviated S.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or relating to or near the sacrum
  • adj. of or relating to sacred rites


From Latin sacer, sacr-, sacred; see sacred.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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