\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

As the world braces for the First Monday in May, here are pop culture's most mesmerizing saints and sinners. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "From Madonna to Frank Ocean, 10 Beauty Saints and Sinners in Pop Culture," 19 Apr. 2018 And a growing commitment to augmenting the grotesqueries of Gothick design, colored glass at the windows lending the place a cathedral air with images not of saints but suns and moons, stars, falcons, an antlered stag. Longreads, "The Ladies Who Were Famous for Wanting to Be Left Alone," 17 Apr. 2018 The Steyers’ home sits on a bluff overlooking the narrows known as the Golden Gate, the traditional point of entry to San Francisco, a gilded city named for a saint who venerated poverty. Rob Haskell, Vogue, "Billionaire Democrat Tom Steyer on Impeaching Trump, Getting Out the Vote, and Winning in 2020," 14 Nov. 2018 If 13, or a saint associated with 13, pops up in your dreams, that’s also a pretty good sign! Sarah Lyons, Teen Vogue, "How to Make Friday the 13th Good Luck Charms," 12 July 2018 Cruz, then 15, sought guidance from the church and, specifically, Karadima, whom many referred to as a saint. Kristin E. Holmes,, "The Philly man who survived sexual abuse by a priest, and the pope who asked for his forgiveness," 25 May 2018 She is presented more as a flawless saint than a human princess in this drama mired in poor narrative structure and few details. Kimber Myers,, "Wobbly narrative derails family-told story of 'Yadvi: The Dignified Princess'," 24 May 2018 To become a saint, two miracles must be attributed to her intervention. Contributing Writer,, "Meet the nun who could become New Orleans' 1st native-born Catholic saint," 19 May 2018 Then again, there’s no need to present him as a saint or a martyr., "Twenty Years After Losing Justin Fashanu, Is English Football Finally Ready to Accept Gay Players?," 9 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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