[ sak-ri-stuh n ]
/ ˈsæk rɪ stən /


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.
a sexton.

Nearby words

  1. sacrificially,
  2. sacrilege,
  3. sacrilegious,
  4. sacring,
  5. sacring bell,
  6. sacristy,
  7. sacro-,
  8. sacroanterior position,
  9. sacrococcygeal,
  10. sacrococcygeal muscle

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sacristan


sacrist (ˈsækrɪst, ˈseɪ-)

/ (ˈsækrɪstən) /


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

Word Origin for sacristan

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

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Word Origin and History for sacristan



"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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