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[sak-ri-stuh n] /ˈsæk rɪ stən/
Also called sacrist
[sak-rist, sey-krist] /ˈsæk rɪst, ˈseɪ krɪst/ (Show IPA)
. an official in charge of the sacred vessels, vestments, etc., of a church or a religious house.
a sexton.
Origin of sacristan
1325-75; Middle English < Medieval Latin sacristānus, equivalent to sacrist(a) custodian of sacred objects + -ānus -an
Related forms
undersacristan, noun Unabridged
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  • This evening, for instance, he did not go as usual to see the sacristan, his intimate friend.

    A Chambermaid's Diary Octave Mirbeau
  • But the sacristan, dragging the child, disappeared in the shadows.

    An Eagle Flight Jos Rizal
  • On each such occasion the fool's sacristan awoke the carnival in his coffin, lifted up the pall and gave him a drink.

    Pretty Michal Mr Jkai
  • In this room, which has a fireplace, the sacristan probably slept.

  • If the Kyra would give me some sign by which the sacristan may know that I came from her——'

    Arethusa F. Marion Crawford
  • The Angelus had sounded, and the sacristan wished to close the church.

    Great Artists, Vol 1. Jennie Ellis Keysor
  • The sacristan had finished his rounds and was coming to close the outer doors.

    Through the Wall Cleveland Moffett
  • At the end of the colonnade on the right is the room of the sacristan .

  • "He was just like the picture of St. Peter in the church," said the sacristan, who had seen him without his hat.

    St. Peter's Umbrella Klmn Mikszth
  • The sacristan tried to hide his pamphlets, but Joseph reassured him.

    A Chambermaid's Diary Octave Mirbeau
British Dictionary definitions for sacristan


a person who has charge of the contents of a church, esp the sacred vessels, vestments, etc
a less common word for sexton (sense 1)
Word Origin
C14: from Medieval Latin sacristānus, from sacrista, from Latin sacer holy
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Word Origin and History for sacristan

"officer charged with looking after the buildings and property of a church or religious house," early 14c. (late 12c. as a surname), from Medieval Latin sacristanus, from Latin sacrista, from sacer (genitive sacri) "sacred" (see sacred). Cf. sexton, which is a doublet.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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