Gain access to thousands of additional definitions and advanced search features—ad free! JOIN NOW
: a person in charge of the sacristy and ceremonial equipment
Recent Examples on the Web
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'sacristan.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
14th century, in the meaning defined above
Middle English, from Medieval Latin sacristanus, from Latin sacr-, sacer
Keep scrolling for more
Resources for sacristan
Time Traveler for sacristan
See more words from the same century
More from Merriam-Webster on sacristan
Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about sacristan
Comments on sacristan
What made you want to look up sacristan? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).
obstinately defiant of authority
Get Word of the Day daily email!
Autumn Words of the Day 2018
Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?
Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.
Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!
New words that came from bigger words
A cavalcade of words for travel
Two words. One hundred years.
Words from the week of 11/9/2018
And is one way more correct than the others?
The story of an imaginary word that managed to sneak past our editors and enter the dictionary.
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
The awkward case of 'his or her'
(Secret October WOTD Quiz)
Name that government! Or something like that.
Build a city of skyscrapers—one synonym at a time.