Sexton

[sek-stuh n]
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British Dictionary definitions for anne sexton

sexton

noun
  1. a person employed to act as caretaker of a church and its contents and graveyard, and often also as bell-ringer, gravedigger, etc
  2. another name for the burying beetle

Word Origin for sexton

C14: from Old French secrestein, from Medieval Latin sacristānus sacristan
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Word Origin and History for anne sexton

sexton

n.

c.1300, sekesteyn, "person in charge of the sacred objects of a church," from Old French segrestien, from Medieval Latin sacristanus (see sacristan). Sense of "custodian of a church" first recorded 1580s. Fem. forms sextress, sextrice are recorded 15c., but the usual form is sextoness (early 15c.).

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