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 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, "Stirring Sermons About Coronavirus, in Empty Cathedrals," 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, "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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“Sacristan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jul. 2020.

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