\ 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


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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

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 Francis hosted the daylong ecumenical service in the Adriatic port city of Bari, considered a religious bridge between East and West and home to the relics of St. Nicholas, an important saint in the Orthodox Christian world. Washington Post, "Pope denounces ‘murderous indifference’ by powers in Mideast," 7 July 2018 Francis hosted the daylong ecumenical service in the symbolically rich Adriatic port city of Bari, considered a bridge between east and west and home to the relics of St. Nicholas, an important saint in the Orthodox world. Trisha Thomas And Nicole Winfield, Fox News, "Pope and Orthodox patriarchs pray for Mideast Christians," 7 July 2018 Catalan municipalities provide social and financial support for cultural traditions including festes majors, or patron-saint celebrations, and the castellsgroups that practice and create human towers in the public square. Elaine Heinzman, Smithsonian, "How Soup Nourishes Barcelona’s Tradition of Welcoming Immigrants," 30 June 2018 But the Bishnois stand out for taking their saint’s precepts to extremes to protect the rare blackbuck, the delicate chinkara and other antelopes that live alongside them in the harsh desert. Shashank Bengali,, "This nature-loving sect in India dragged one of the world's biggest movie stars to court — and won," 17 May 2018 His Catholicism was simpler, more Nicaraguan, and of the old hierarchical style the people loved: vestments, incense, prayers to the saints, spiritual instruction. The Economist, "Obituary: Cardinal Miguel Obando y Bravo, the first cardinal from Central America," 23 June 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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alleviating pain or harshness

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