- 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
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Examples from the Web for sacristy
Brother Andrew went before him to open the door of the sacristy.
Somebody went to the sacristy and told the Father what was happening outside.
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
The same bishop also built the sacristy of the old cathedral.Portuguese Architecture
Walter Crum Watson
- a room attached to a church or chapel where the sacred vessels, vestments, etc, are kept and where priests attire themselves
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).
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