\ 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

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 For the people helped by the network, like Curtis, Yager was a saint. Corin Cesaric, Peoplemag, 16 Aug. 2022 God had other plans for the would-be saint, according to Catholic Online. Leah Asmelash, CNN, 17 Mar. 2022 On Sunday, there will be a 10:30 a.m. Mass in St. Anthony’s honor and the feast will conclude that night with the return of the saint’s statue to its chapel. Jeremy C. Fox,, 25 Aug. 2022 And Pat had the tolerance of a saint, letting punk art-rockers like Sleazy Jesus and the Splatter Pigs put on hysterically fun sloppy shows that could never have happened anywhere else. Annie Nickoloff, cleveland, 16 June 2022 Does Alexandrov represent Savinkov as a sort of secular saint? Gary Saul Morson, The New York Review of Books, 13 Jan. 2022 But some lawmakers and activists have criticized the decision to make the saint nonbinary. Leila Sackur, NBC News, 13 Aug. 2022 From around the 18th to the early 20th centuries, Catholic pilgrims in Europe would eat small devotional images of the Madonna, Jesus or a saint printed in sheets like postage stamps, long preceding avant-garde chefs and their menus of edible ink. New York Times, 11 May 2022 In her afterword, Chen describes trying to reconcile these conflicting representations of fighter and saint. Becky Meloan, Washington Post, 16 July 2022 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 See More

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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 3 Oct. 2022.

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\ 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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