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sacristan

[sak-ri-stuh n]
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noun
  1. Also called sac·rist [sak-rist, sey-krist] /ˈsæk rɪst, ˈseɪ krɪst/. an official in charge of the sacred vessels, vestments, etc., of a church or a religious house.
  2. a sexton.
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Origin of sacristan

1325–75; Middle English < Medieval Latin sacristānus, equivalent to sacrist(a) custodian of sacred objects + -ānus -an
Related formsun·der·sac·ris·tan, noun
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Examples from the Web for sacristan

Historical Examples

  • He also answered to the more aristocratic title of "Sacristan."

    A Nest of Spies

    Pierre Souvestre

  • The sacristan, with a long rod, was putting out the lights one by one.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine

  • This fact has been reported to me by the sacristan and the four persons.

    The Phantom World

    Augustin Calmet

  • In this room, which has a fireplace, the sacristan probably slept.

  • These pious sentiments are all written in my sacristan's cell.

    Hortus Inclusus

    John Ruskin


British Dictionary definitions for sacristan

sacristan

sacrist (ˈsækrɪst, ˈseɪ-)

noun
  1. a person who has charge of the contents of a church, esp the sacred vessels, vestments, etc
  2. a less common word for sexton (def. 1)
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Word Origin

C14: from Medieval Latin sacristānus, from sacrista, from Latin sacer holy
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Word Origin and History for sacristan

n.

"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.

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