an official of a church charged with taking care of the edifice and its contents, ringing the bell, etc., and sometimes with burying the dead.
an official who maintains a synagogue and its religious articles, chants the designated portion of the Torah on prescribed days, and assists the cantor in conducting services on festivals.
- sex·ton·ship, noun
- un·der·sex·ton, noun
Other definitions for Sexton (2 of 2)
Anne (Harvey), 1928–74, U.S. poet.
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How to use sexton in a sentence
sexton’s empathetic story explores the lives and losses of both Cruz and Simpson.ProPublica Wins Meyer “Mike” Berger Award for Best Human-Interest Reporting | ProPublica | April 14, 2021 | ProPublica
Last September, sexton pleaded guilty in New York state court to money laundering and agreed to forfeit $600,000.Las Vegas Betting Scandal Earns $5.5 Million Fine but the Boss Walks | John L. Smith | January 21, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Cast: Blair Underwood, Pablo Schrieber, Spencer Grammer, Neal Bledsoe, Brent sexton.Fall-Winter TV Preview: Snap Judgments of 2013–14’s New Shows | Jace Lacob, Kevin Fallon | July 16, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The sexton was soon found and he was delighted to point out the interesting objects in the church and vicinity.British Highways And Byways From A Motor Car | Thomas D. Murphy
In the morning to church, where at the door of our pew I was fain to stay, because that the sexton had not opened the door.Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete | Samuel Pepys
When he left the chamber of death, it was to walk across the quadrangle of the residence to the sexton's house.A Thin Ghost and Others | M. R. (Montague Rhodes) James
East of Taylor's bridge, towards sexton's Junction, there is an extensive swamp, but westward the country is rolling.The Boys of '61 | Charles Carleton Coffin.
Stormed they with shout and yell, Not wise they sang nor well, Drowning the sexton's bell,While all the church wondered.The Book of Humorous Verse | Various
British Dictionary definitions for sexton
a person employed to act as caretaker of a church and its contents and graveyard, and often also as bell-ringer, gravedigger, etc
another name for the burying beetle
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