[ sak-ri-stuhn ]

  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.

Origin of sacristan

1325–75; Middle English <Medieval Latin sacristānus, equivalent to sacrist(a) custodian of sacred objects + -ānus-an

Other words from sacristan

  • un·der·sac·ris·tan, noun

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How to use sacristan in a sentence

  • But I am too young and being lame would prevent my getting on to the step-ladders, as a sacristan must.

  • Perhaps there is some one you would prefer to have me call, before the Sister sacristan comes to fetch you?

  • And now—just for a moment lest the Sister sacristan come back—I will take you out of the closet.

  • The Angelus had sounded, and the sacristan wished to close the church.

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  • The professor of pathology came along, a man who had more the look of a sacristan than of a physician.

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British Dictionary definitions for sacristan


sacrist (ˈsækrɪst, ˈseɪ-)

/ (ˈsækrɪstən) /

  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)

Origin of sacristan

C14: from Medieval Latin sacristānus, from sacrista, from Latin sacer holy

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