Definition of adytum in US English:


nounPlural adyta

  • The innermost sanctuary of an ancient Greek temple.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The most famous adytum in Greece was in the temple of Apollo at Delphi.’
    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’.