|1.||a safe or inviolable place of refuge, esp as formerly offered by the Christian Church to criminals, outlaws, etc; sanctuary (often in the phrase give asylum to)|
|3.||international law refuge afforded to a person whose extradition is sought by a foreign government: political asylum|
|4.||obsolete an institution for the shelter, treatment, or confinement of individuals, esp a mental hospital (formerly termed lunatic asylum)|
|[C15: via Latin from Greek asulon refuge, from asulos that may not be seized, from |
asylum a·sy·lum (ə-sī'ləm)
An institution for the care of people, especially individuals with physical or mental impairments, who require organized supervision or assistance.