sac·​ris·​tan | \ ˈsa-krə-stən How to pronounce sacristan (audio) \

Definition of sacristan

: a person in charge of the sacristy and ceremonial equipment also : sexton

Examples of sacristan in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Unité SGP Police said the man was a sacristan at the basilica., 29 Oct. 2020 Dane Miller, a sacristan, then offered prayers for the sick as well as for President Trump, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio. Liam Stack, New York Times, 15 Mar. 2020 Smith's photo is right there, in a frame, recognizing him for his dedicated service as the church sacristan. Author: Julie Zauzmer, Anchorage Daily News, 22 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of sacristan

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sacristan

Middle English, from Medieval Latin sacristanus, from Latin sacr-, sacer

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“Sacristan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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