\ ˈsānt How to pronounce saint (audio) , 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 abbreviation St.
2a : one of the spirits of the departed in heaven
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 How to pronounce saint (audio) \
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 How to pronounce saint (audio) \ noun
saintlike \ ˈsānt-​ˌlīk How to pronounce saint (audio) \ adjective

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 The military chaplain who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor was also a priest who the Catholic Church is considering canonizing as a saint. Luis Martinez, ABC News, 8 Mar. 2021 Those benevolent qualities made Carter, like the saint, a very good man — but not a great president. Washington Post, 18 June 2021 The pilgrims were returning to Dadu, a district in the neighboring southern Sindh province, after visiting a shrine of a Sufi saint. Abdul Sattar, Star Tribune, 11 June 2021 Documents showing the saint’s name either lightly crossed out or completely obliterated with red ink bear witness to the clashing forces of preservation and destruction that swirled around the figure of Becket. Emily Ferguson, WSJ, 28 May 2021 Some Falangists liked to kill people on their saint’s day, regardless of their politics, just to inspire terror and obedience. Sebastian Junger, Time, 19 May 2021 Dustin Lance Black’s Academy Award-winning screenplay pays humble tribute to Milk without turning him into a saint or martyr. Jason Bailey, New York Times, 3 May 2021 The latest attempt to destroy the reputation of a modern Catholic saint is as baseless as past efforts. Jim Towey, National Review, 26 May 2021 The archbishop of San Francisco is holding an exorcism at a San Rafael church this weekend, where a statue of a controversial Roman Catholic saint was toppled by protesters earlier this week. Michael Willliams,, 16 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Charismatic in life, she was sainted in death,’’ Goodyear wrote. Steven Litt, cleveland, 22 Feb. 2020 There are so many people to saint but first and foremost are the volunteer fire departments who responded to the fire. Sainted & Tainted Writers, Twin Cities, 13 July 2019 In 2000, Nicholas, his wife, and children were sainted by the Russian Orthodox church. Nancy Bilyeau, Town & Country, 25 Apr. 2017 Feed My Starving Children is to be sainted for its work — people working to feed people. Sainted & Tainted Writers, Twin Cities, 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, 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,, 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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“Saint.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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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


\ ˈsānt How to pronounce saint (audio) \

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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