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saint

noun \ ˈsānt , before a name (ˌ)sānt or sənt \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of saint

1 : one officially recognized especially through canonization as preeminent for holiness
2 a : one of the spirits of the departed in heaven
b : angel 1a
3 a : one of God's chosen and usually Christian people
b capitalized : a member of any of various Christian bodies; specifically : latter-day saint
4 : one eminent for piety or virtue
5 : an illustrious predecessor

saintdom

play \ˈsānt-dəm\ noun

saintlike

play \ˈsānt-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of saint in a Sentence

  1. He was declared a saint in the fifth century.

  2. The salesperson was a saint for putting up with them.

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Origin and Etymology of saint

Middle English, from Anglo-French seint, saint, from Late Latin sanctus, from Latin, sacred, from past participle of sancire to make sacred — more at sacred

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saint

verb \ ˈsānt \

Definition of saint

transitive verb
: to recognize or designate as a saint; specifically : canonize

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First Known Use of saint

13th century

Other Christian Religious Terms



SAINT Defined for English Language Learners

saint

noun

Definition of saint for English Language Learners

  • : a person who is officially recognized by the Christian church as being very holy because of the way he or she lived

  • : a person who is very good, kind, or patient


SAINT Defined for Kids

saint

noun \ ˈsānt \

Definition of saint for Students

1 : a good and holy person and especially one who in the Christian church is declared to be worthy of special honor
2 : a person who is very good, helpful, or patient
  • You were a saint for helping me all day.


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