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sanctum sanctorum

Definitions

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

  • n. Judaism The innermost shrine of a tabernacle and temple; the holy of holies.
  • n. An inviolably private place: The clubhouse was their sanctum sanctorum.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The Holy of Holies in the Jewish temple.
  • n. A person's most private retreat or sanctuary.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the Holy of Holies; the most holy place, as in the Jewish temple.

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

  • n. (Judaism) sanctuary comprised of the innermost chamber of the Tabernacle in the temple of Solomon where the Ark of the Covenant was kept
  • n. a place of inviolable privacy

Etymologies

Late Latin sānctum sānctōrum (translation of Greek to hagion tōn hagiōn, translation of Hebrew qōdeš haqqodāšîm) : sānctum, holy place + sānctōrum, genitive pl. of sānctum, holy place.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin sanctum sanctōrum, translating Hebrew  (qōdesh haqqŏdāshīm). (Wiktionary)

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