[ seynt-hood ]

  1. the character or status of a saint.

  2. saints collectively.

Origin of sainthood

First recorded in 1540–50; saint + -hood
  • Also saint·dom [seynt-duhm]. /ˈseɪnt dəm/.

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

How to use sainthood in a sentence

  • There is the consummate flower of sainthood; and therefore it it best there that we can study its meaning.

    Our Lady Saint Mary | J. G. H. Barry
  • She herself has been elevated to sainthood as the patronne of the vagabond gipsies of all the world.

    The Automobilist Abroad | M. F. (Milburg Francisco) Mansfield
  • Is there not something like a promise of sainthood on the pure, white brow?

  • The other had had the capabilities of sainthood, but had opened his soul to the Dweller on the Threshold and was doubly lost.

    The Air Pirate | Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • Only those shepherds of the flock who attained to canonized sainthood were honored by statues at the church entrances.

    How France Built Her Cathedrals | Elizabeth Boyle O'Reilly

British Dictionary definitions for sainthood


/ (ˈseɪnthʊd) /

  1. the state or character of being a saint

  2. saints collectively

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