sacristan

noun
sac·ris·tan | \ ˈsa-krə-stən \

Definition of sacristan 

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

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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, "In Atlanta, a ‘dreamer’ priest faces deportation – and a divided congregation," 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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