sexton

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noun sex·ton \ ˈsek-stən \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of sexton

:a church officer or employee who takes care of the church property and performs related minor duties (such as ringing the bell for services and digging graves)

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Origin and Etymology of sexton

Middle English secresteyn, sexteyn, from Anglo-French segrestein, from Medieval Latin sacristanus — more at sacristan


SEXTON Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of sexton for English Language Learners

  • : a person who takes care of church buildings and property and often rings the church's bell during services


SEXTON Defined for Kids

sexton

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noun sex·ton \ ˈseks-tən \

Definition of sexton for Students

:an official of a church who takes care of church buildings and property

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