sexton

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noun sex·ton \ˈseks-tən\

Definition of sexton

  1. :  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)

Origin and Etymology of sexton

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


First Known Use: 14th century


SEXTON Defined for English Language Learners

sexton

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noun sex·ton \ˈseks-tən\

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

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


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