saint

noun
\ 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

saint

verb
\ 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

Noun

saintdom \ ˈsānt-​dəm How to pronounce saintdom (audio) \ noun
saintlike \ ˈsānt-​ˌlīk How to pronounce saintlike (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

Hannah Cruz managed the difficult trick of turning Hamilton’s wife, Eliza, into an interesting saint. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, "'Hamilton' review: Baltimore performance shows why history will have its eyes on Miranda's musical for years to come," 28 June 2019 Watching her perform is more like wrestling naked with Venus than kneeling with the saints. Molly Longman, refinery29.com, "Marianne Williamson Is A Wellness Guru Running For President. Really," 25 June 2019 Under such a test, cities and streets named after saints would pass constitutional muster. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Justices Liberate a Public Cross," 20 June 2019 Laypeople who cannot expect to receive five grand’s worth of Yeezys will be well served by other merchandise from Kanye West, who naturally joins Bieber as the other leading saint of this scene. Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, "The Normcore Opulence of Preachers Wearing Four-Figure Sneakers," 14 June 2019 Her mother, a gem of a woman and apparently a saint, offered to take my three with her to the game — and bring them home afterward. Tanika Davis, baltimoresun.com, "Have a seat, Guilt: Why this working mom is OK with running late," 15 May 2019 But along the shores of this 26,600-square-mile lake, the second largest freshwater body in the world, separating the good from the bad and the saints from the sinners is a complicated task. Alec Jacobson, National Geographic, "Fishermen fight to survive on the world's second largest lake," 3 May 2019 In that case, the sky could be the limit for Android Q. Google could use saints! Countries! D&D monsters! Planets! Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "What will Google call Android 10 Q?," 6 May 2019 George Barrett was by no means a saint and his execution on March 24, 1936, ended a long career dotted with infractions of the law. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "Retro Indy: The execution of George Barrett," 24 Mar. 2014

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, NOLA.com, "1,500 yards? 10 TDs? Adrian Peterson's 'incentives' are a joke," 19 May 2017

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First Known Use of saint

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for saint

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

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saint

noun

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

saint

noun
\ 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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