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

  • n. Christianity A person officially recognized, especially by canonization, as being entitled to public veneration and capable of interceding for people on earth.
  • n. A person who has died and gone to heaven.
  • n. A member of any of various religious groups, especially a Latter-Day Saint.
  • n. An extremely virtuous person.
  • transitive v. To name, recognize, or venerate as a saint; canonize.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person to whom a church or another religious group has officially attributed the title of "saint".
  • n. A person with positive qualities.
  • n. One who is sanctified or made holy; a person who is separated unto God’s service.
  • v. To canonize, to formally recognize someone as a saint.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A person sanctified; a holy or godly person; one eminent for piety and virtue; any true Christian, as being redeemed and consecrated to God.
  • n. One of the blessed in heaven.
  • n. One canonized by the church.
  • intransitive v. To act or live as a saint.
  • transitive v. To make a saint of; to enroll among the saints by an offical act, as of the pope; to canonize; to give the title or reputation of a saint to (some one).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Holy; sacred: only in attributive use, and now only before proper names, as Saint John, Saint Paul, Saint Augustine, or quasi-proper names, as Saint Saviour, Saint Sophia (Holy Wisdom), Saint Cross, Saint Sepulcher (in names of churches), where it is usually regarded as a noun appositive, a quasi-title. See II., 3.
  • n. One who has been consecrated or set a part to the service of God: applied in the Old Testament to the Israelites as a people (Ps. cxxxii. 9; compare Num. xvi. 3), and in the New Testament to all members of the Christian churches (2 Cor. i. 1).
  • n. One who is pure and upright in heart and life; hence, in Scriptural and Christian usage, one who has been regenerated and sanctified by the Spirit of God; one of the redeemed: applied to them both in their earthly and in their heavenly state; also used of persons of other religions: as, a Buddhist saint.
  • n. One who is eminent for consecration, holiness, and piety in life and character; specifically, one who is generally or officially recognized as an example of holiness of life, and to whose name it is customary to prefix Saint (abbreviated St. or S.) as a title.
  • n. An angel.
  • n. One of the blessed dead: distinguished from the angels, who are superhuman beings.
  • n. An image of a saint.
  • n. A North American shrub, Ascyrum Crux Andreæ.
  • n. Erysipelas.
  • n. A Bordeaux wine, especially red, of medium quality.
  • n. A red wine grown near Poitiers.
  • n. The ergot of rye (Claviceps purpurea). See ergot for figure and description.
  • n. A red wine produced in the neighborhood of the Rhone, not often exported.
  • n. Tinea.
  • n. Measles of the hog. See Trichina, trichinosis.
  • n. Insanity.
  • n. The garfish, Belone belone or B. vulgaris.
  • n. In later books, the European Hypericum quadrangulum.
  • n. Perhaps transferred from the last, the American genns Ascyrum, especially A. stans.
  • n. The snowberry, Symphoricarpos.
  • n. A white wine produced in the department of Gironde, in the neighborhood of St. Emilion.
  • To number or enroll among saints officially; canonize.
  • To salute as a saint.
  • To act piously or with a show of piety; play the saint: sometimes with an indefinite it.
  • n. An old game: same as cent, 4.

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

  • v. hold sacred
  • n. a person who has died and has been declared a saint by canonization
  • v. declare (a dead person) to be a saint
  • n. model of excellence or perfection of a kind; one having no equal
  • n. person of exceptional holiness


Middle English seint, from Old French saint, from Late Latin sānctus, from Latin, holy, past participle of sancīre, to consecrate.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English saint, from Old French saint (Modern French saint), from Latin sanctus ("holy, consecrated, in Late Latin as a noun a saint"), past participle of sancire ("to render sacred, make holy"), akin to sacer ("holy, sacred"). (Wiktionary)



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  • n. The ergot of rye (Claviceps purpurea).
    n. A red wine produced in the neighborhood of the Rhone, not often exported.
    n. Tinea.
    n. Measles of the hog. See Trichina, trichinosis.
    n. Insanity.
    n. The garfish, Belone belone or B. vulgaris.

    August 11, 2015

  • I like the structure of the WordNet definition. The first step to sainthood is plainly dying.

    October 2, 2008