sac·​ris·​ty | \ ˈsa-krə-stē How to pronounce sacristy (audio) \
plural sacristies

Definition of sacristy

: a room in a church where sacred vessels and vestments are kept and where the clergy vests

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our choir robes were stored in the sacristy
Recent Examples on the Web Ryan served as an auxiliary bishop in Joliet from 1981 to 1984, as the display in the cathedral sacristy informs visitors. Ted Slowik, Daily Southtown, "Slowik: A Joliet bishop engaged in sexual misconduct. The diocese still displays his picture in the cathedral.," 13 June 2019 In the sacristy, three bullets perforated a life-size painting of Christ. José De Córdoba |, WSJ, "Church Becomes Target in Nicaragua Crisis," 23 July 2018 Russia will be something of the elephant in the sacristy, however, given how the Vatican has been loath to openly criticize Moscow or its powerful Orthodox Church. Fox News, "Russia looms in background as pope travels to Baltics," 21 Sep. 2018 Unlike Vatican museums collections, items still used in liturgical celebrations are kept in the chapel’s sacristy, an adjoining room housing vestments and other ecclesiastical items. Shira Telushkin, Washington Post, "High church meets high fashion: How Catholic style took over the Met," 3 May 2018 The Jalisco state prosecutor’s office said early indications suggest two men entered the sacristy, fired directly at the priest and then fled in a car. Peter Orsi, The Seattle Times, "Priest shot dead in Mexico marks 2nd clerical murder in week," 21 Apr. 2018 An additional allegation of abuse emerged during the committal hearing, of an incident at a sacristy at St Patrick's Cathedral in Melbourne. Lucie Morris-marr, CNN, "Abuse hearing for Vatican treasurer Pell ends amid fiery accusations," 29 Mar. 2018 There is hardly a trace of the convent on the main floor, where the summer dining room once housed a chapel and a comfortable sitting room once contained a sacristy. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "Once an Asylum, Then a Convent, Now a Home," 14 Mar. 2018 There, equipment was installed so the bell stays stationary and is rung by a moving internal clapper that is controlled electronically by a switch in the sacristy, Flanagan said. Leonor Vivanco-prengaman,, "Elizabethan bell — city's oldest — to toll its anniversary on Sunday," 9 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of sacristy

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sacristy

Middle English sacristie, from Medieval Latin sacristia, from sacrista sacristan, from Latin sacr-, sacer

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“Sacristy.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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