saint

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noun

ˈsānt How to pronounce saint (audio)
 before a name  (ˌ)sānt,
 or  sənt
1
: one officially recognized especially through canonization as preeminent for holiness
abbreviation St.
2
a
: one of the spirits of the departed in heaven
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 noun
saintlike adjective

saint

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verb

sainted; sainting; saints

transitive verb

: to recognize or designate as a saint
specifically : canonize

Examples of saint in a Sentence

Noun 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
Surrounding him was a sea of people clad in khaki and red, the saint’s colors. Dánica Coto, The Christian Science Monitor, 10 May 2024 No one comes to the medieval wing to venerate the saints in the icons. Jason Farago, New York Times, 9 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for saint 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of saint was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Saint.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/saint. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

saint

1 of 2 noun
ˈsānt How to pronounce saint (audio)
 when a name follows  (ˌ)sānt,
 or  sənt
1
: a holy and godly person
especially : one who is declared to be worthy of special honor
2
: a person who is very good especially about helping others

saint

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