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sexton

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noun sex·ton \ˈseks-tən\

Simple Definition of sexton

  • : a person who takes care of church buildings and property and often rings the church's bell during services

Full Definition of sexton

  1. :  a church officer or employee who takes care of the church property and performs related minor duties (as ringing the bell for services and digging graves)

Origin of sexton

Middle English secresteyn, sexteyn, from Anglo-French segrestein, from Medieval Latin sacristanus — more at sacristan


First Known Use: 14th century


SEXTON Defined for Kids

sexton

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noun sex·ton \ˈseks-tən\

Definition of sexton

  1. :  an official of a church who takes care of church buildings and property




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