noun, plural sac·ris·ties.

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

Examples from the Web for sacristy

Historical Examples of sacristy

  • Brother Andrew went before him to open the door of the sacristy.

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

  • Somebody went to the sacristy and told the Father what was happening outside.

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

  • 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

    Raphael Sabatini

  • The same bishop also built the sacristy of the old cathedral.

    Portuguese Architecture

    Walter Crum Watson

British Dictionary definitions for sacristy


noun plural -ties

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

Word Origin for sacristy

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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