from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who is in charge of a sacristy.
  • n. A sexton.

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  • n. The person who maintains the sacristy and the sacred objects it contains.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An officer of the church who has the care of the utensils or movables, and of the church in general; a sexton.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An officer of a church or monastery who has the charge of the sacristy and all its contents, and acts as custodian of the other vessels, vestments, and valuables of the church.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an officer of the church who is in charge of sacred objects


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, from Medieval Latin sacristānus, from sacrista, from Latin sacer, sacred; see sacred.

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French sacristian, Latin sacrista, from Latin sacer. See sacred, and compare sexton.


  • But no more than the sacristan is the hemp-dresser gifted solely with the desire of frightening; he loves to make people laugh; he is sarcastic and sentimental at need, when love and marriage are to be sung.

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  • What followed was seen by only one person, that is, the sacristan's wife, a big, hard-faced woman with a faint mustache and a wart on her chin, who sat by the great column near the door dispensing holy water out of a cracked saucer and whining for pennies.

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  • "Now do you go and call the sacristan from the bell," the prior said, "and bid him lead you to the chancel, where I shall be."

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  • The sacristan was a kind, gentle, little old man, who let me do whatever I wanted.

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  • Nor did it seem unlikely that a city which styled itself 'the nurse of Artemis' should also claim the less audacious title of 'sacristan' to this same goddess.

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  • Anne-Marie-Madeleine Thouret (Sister Charlotte of the Resurrection), sacristan, b. at Mouy, 16 Sept., 1715, professed 19 Aug., 1740, twice sub-prioress in 1764 and 1778.

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  • He founded the Mozarabic Chapel in Toledo cathedral, with an endowment for thirteen chaplains, a sacristan and two mazos sirvientes, and with provision for a sung Mass and the Divine Office daily.

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  • Mr. Moya alternates chapters of Haydée's diary with the comic misadventures of her son Clemen and his cousin Jimmy, both on the run from the regime, as they attempt to escape the country, shifting disguises—housemaid, priest, sacristan, livestock traders—and getting lost in a labyrinthine mangrove swamp.

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  • He is encouraged by the sacristan to buy an antique manuscript volume which is possessed of older and evil memories.

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  • The sacristan of the choir prepares a cope and seven black stoles for the seven senior canons, who repair to the high altar, preceded by two acolytes bearing the Cross which is veiled in black, with the candles extinguished, in sign of mourning.

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