Definition of adytum in US English:


nounPlural adyta

  • The innermost sanctuary of an ancient Greek temple.

    • ‘The most famous adytum in Greece was in the temple of Apollo at Delphi.’
    • ‘In the adytum was generally to be found a tomb or sacred images.’
    • ‘They were descending the tapestries of the oratory walls or scuttling beneath the arrases that screened off the adyta behind the idol.’
    holy place, temple, shrine, tabernacle, altar, sanctum, inner sanctum, holy of holies, sacrarium, bema, naos
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Latin, from Greek aduton, neuter singular of adutos ‘impenetrable’, from a- ‘not’ + duein ‘enter’.