sanctum sanctorum

sanctum sanctorum

[sangk-tawr-uhm, -tohr-]
the holy of holies of the Biblical tabernacle and the Temple in Jerusalem.
sanctum ( def 2 ).

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin sānctum sānctōrum, translation of Hebrew qōdhesh haqqodhāshīm holy of holies Unabridged
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sanctum sanctorum (sæŋkˈtɔːrəm)
1.  Bible another term for the holy of holies
2.  facetious often an especially private place
[C14: from Latin, literally: holy of holies, rendering Hebrew qōdesh haqqodāshīm]

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sanctum sanctorum [(sangk-tuhm sangk-tawr-uhm)]

Latin for “holy of holies.” The place in the Jewish temple in Jerusalem where the Ark of the Covenant was kept. By extension, a sacred and private place.

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