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[sak-ri-stee] /ˈsæk rɪ sti/
noun, plural sacristies.
an apartment in or a building connected with a church or a religious house, in which the sacred vessels, vestments, etc., are kept.
Origin of sacristy
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin sacristia vestry, equivalent to sacrist(a) (see sacristan) + -ia -y3 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Brother Andrew went before him to open the door of the sacristy.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • Somebody went to the sacristy and told the Father what was happening outside.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • He followed her through the door, and entered into the sacristy.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine
  • Then turning to the left, I made for a door that I knew should give access to the sacristy.

    The Shame of Motley Raphael Sabatini
  • The same bishop also built the sacristy of the old cathedral.

    Portuguese Architecture Walter Crum Watson
  • The inventories included also the furniture and properties of the sacristy.

    Pagan and Christian Rome Rodolfo Lanciani
  • It tells us that the grave of Leo the Great was in the vestibule below the sacristy.

    Pagan and Christian Rome Rodolfo Lanciani
  • As soon as it is dark we might get out by that sacristy door at the rear.

  • She was near the door of the sacristy, gazing into the dim and shadowy church.

  • The washing and rinsing had to take place in the sacristy itself.

    Laurus Nobilis Vernon Lee
British Dictionary definitions for sacristy


noun (pl) -ties
a room attached to a church or chapel where the sacred vessels, vestments, etc, are kept and where priests attire themselves
Word Origin
C17: from Medieval Latin sacristia; see sacristan
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Word Origin and History for sacristy

"repository for sacred things," mid-15c., from Anglo-French sacrestie, from Medieval Latin sacrista, from Latin sacer "sacred" (see sacred).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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