\ˈsānt, before a name (ˌ)sānt or sənt\

Definition of saint 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : one officially recognized especially through canonization as preeminent for holiness

2a : one of the spirits of the departed in heaven

b : angel sense 1a

3a : 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


\ˈsānt \
sainted; sainting; saints

Definition of saint (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to recognize or designate as a saint specifically : canonize

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Other Words from saint


saintdom \ˈsānt-dəm \ noun
saintlike \ˈsānt-ˌlīk \ adjective

Examples of saint in a Sentence


He was declared a saint in the fifth century. The salesperson was a saint for putting up with them.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The oldest item in the show is a 12th-century parchment papal bull, signed by the reigning pope, Anastasius IV; three future popes; one future antipope; and one future saint. Jennifer Schuessler, New York Times, "Not Your Average Autograph Collection," 12 July 2018 In magic and divination, the number 13 is associated with Sant'Antonio (Saint Anthony), an extremely popular saint whose feast day is June 13. Sarah Lyons, Teen Vogue, "How to Make Friday the 13th Good Luck Charms," 12 July 2018 Fireworks went up during halftime of Red Hurricanes’ football games, for one saint or another, for Italian pride, and even for a funeral. Jason Nark,, "In western Pa., 'America's Fireworks Capital' takes another hit but sees bright skies ahead," 27 June 2018 Instead of angels and saints, there were soldiers beheading one another; instead of Madonnas and Christs, there were pregnant women sprouting from acanthus buds. Junot Díaz, The New Yorker, "The Hunt for Mexico’s Heirloom Beans," 17 Apr. 2018 Giving her husband a second chance at life Tisdale was considered something of a saint by her family and friends in Pharr, Texas. Doug Criss, CNN, "The Santa Fe shooting victim worked two jobs to take care of her ill husband. Her death may end up saving his life," 21 May 2018 History of Halloween Costumes and Trick-or-Treating Many people were said to dress up as saints and recite songs or verses from door to door. Marissa Gold, Country Living, "Everything You Need to Know About the History of Halloween and Why We Celebrate It," 6 July 2018 The director is clearly an admirer of Francis (both the saint and the pope), and was able to conduct extensive and exclusive interviews with the pontiff. Walter Addiego, Houston Chronicle, "In documentary, Pope Francis urges ‘‘a poor church for the poor’," 19 May 2018 Last night, an angel, a saint, and a pope, gathered to celebrate the holy trinity of Hollywood: fashion, fame, and Madonna. Morgan Baila,, "This Is Why Kim Kardashian Went To The Met Gala Without Kanye West," 8 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In 2000, Nicholas, his wife, and children were sainted by the Russian Orthodox church. Nancy Bilyeau, Town & Country, "Will the Real Anastasia Romanov Please Stand Up?," 25 Apr. 2017 Feed My Starving Children is to be sainted for its work — people working to feed people. Sainted & Tainted Writers, Twin Cities, "Sainted: Christian, Muslim, Jewish … people working to feed people," 17 June 2017 MOUNT SAINT MARY’S UNIVERSITY, Los Angeles Jocelin Mata, Santa Ana High School Major: nursing, $ Why this school? Heide Janssen, Orange County Register, "Where are 2017 Orange County dance students going to college?," 15 June 2017 The average number of carries in a season for a lead Saints back is roughly half (175) the total Peterson was used to getting in Minnesota. Jeff Duncan,, "1,500 yards? 10 TDs? Adrian Peterson's 'incentives' are a joke," 19 May 2017

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First Known Use of saint


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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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English Language Learners Definition of saint

: 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


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Kids Definition of saint

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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to reject or criticize sharply

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