The word sanctuary has religious roots, and can refer to a temple or church, but its use has broadened to include anywhere people go for peaceful tranquility or introspection. Your pickup truck might be your sanctuary if that's where you can clear your head.

Historically, a sanctuary is the holiest of holy places — a temple or church. Now, it's a word for anywhere a person feels especially safe and serene. People might call their homes their sanctuary, or a beautiful spot in a quiet woods can be described as a sanctuary. It can also be a way to refer to shelter or asylum from political danger, such as: "The forbidding jungle can offer sanctuary to the guerrilla rebels."

Definitions of sanctuary
  1. noun
    a consecrated place where sacred objects are kept
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    holy of holies, sanctum sanctorum
    (Judaism) sanctuary comprised of the innermost chamber of the Tabernacle in the temple of Solomon where the Ark of the Covenant was kept
    (Judaism) a portable sanctuary in which the Jews carried the Ark of the Covenant on their exodus
    type of:
    place, property
    any area set aside for a particular purpose
  2. noun
    area around the altar of a church for the clergy and choir; often enclosed by a lattice or railing
    synonyms: bema, chancel
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    type of:
    a part of a structure having some specific characteristic or function
  3. noun
    a shelter from danger or hardship
    synonyms: asylum, refuge
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    harbor, harbour
    a place of refuge and comfort and security
    a refuge from attack
    safe house
    a house used as a hiding place or refuge by members of certain organizations
    type of:
    a structure that provides privacy and protection from danger
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