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

Some of God’s brightest saints dealt with the darkest of depression. Josiah Bates, Time, "Megachurch Pastor and Mental Health Advocate Jarrid Wilson Dies by Suicide," 11 Sep. 2019 Her favorite saints were St. Anthony, St. Jude, and St. Mary Magdalene., "Mary Keating," 6 Sep. 2019 The reports go back as far as A.D. 565, when an Irish saint is said to have saved a man from being attacked by a river monster. oregonlive, "The Loch Ness Monster is still a mystery. But scientists have some new evidence for a theory," 6 Sep. 2019 Almost all of the images refer to religion, either overtly (some representations painted during the 19th and 20th centuries depict saints) or implicitly (certain battle scenes carry both historic and ritualistic connotations). Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Wildfires Are Destroying Bolivia’s Rock Art," 5 Sep. 2019 The poet, writer and social justice activist has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize in Poetry and studied the saint and mystic Teresa de Avila. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "Vote for your favorite 'High Art' billboard in Central Indiana," 3 Sep. 2019 By 1876, Albert and his staff had enough material to constitute 25 different categories, from portraits to Old Testament subjects, saints, mythology and Vatican frescoes. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Thousands of Unseen Photographs, Documents Digitized for Prince Albert’s 200th Birthday," 26 Aug. 2019 Their every campsite was named for a saint, and Escalante braved the unknown without fear, confident that he was armored by God. Bruce Berger, WSJ, "‘Escalante’s Dream’ Review: Long Road Through the West," 12 July 2019 Honeyland treats her practice with profound reverence, and cinematographer Fejmi Daut films the shadows in the Muratova dwelling just the way that Caravaggio painted saints. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Honeyland Is a Stinging Allegory for Man-Made Disaster," 9 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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, "Tainted: You changed lanes to hit the geese and then blew through a stop sign," 13 July 2019 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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