[ sak-ri-stee ]

noun,plural sac·ris·ties.
  1. 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

1400–50; late Middle English <Medieval Latin sacristia vestry, equivalent to sacrist(a) (see sacristan) + -ia-y3

Words Nearby sacristy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use sacristy in a sentence

  • You can't go against that, as I told Major Wilton—that's our people's warden—in the sacristy.

    Sinister Street, vol. 1 | Compton Mackenzie
  • The sacristy is beautiful, built by Giovanni da Sangallo, and the cloisters now spoiled are the work of Ammanati.

  • The pupil of a goldsmith practising the craft of a founder, he cast the sacristy gates of the Duomo for Luca della Robbia.

  • As soon as it is dark we might get out by that sacristy door at the rear.

  • And with a feeling of relief Groener watched the priest as he disappeared in the passage leading to the sacristy.

    Through the Wall | Cleveland Moffett

British Dictionary definitions for sacristy


/ (ˈsækrɪstɪ) /

nounplural -ties
  1. a room attached to a church or chapel where the sacred vessels, vestments, etc, are kept and where priests attire themselves

Origin of sacristy

C17: from Medieval Latin sacristia; see sacristan

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