sex·​ton | \ ˈsek-stən How to pronounce sexton (audio) \

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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Leumas opens the church sexton's burial records from the 1880s for St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 and turns to the correct page. Andrew Boyd,, "St. Louis Cemetery No. 1: Is Marie Laveau where they say she is?," 22 May 2018 The stones were near one of two main roads in the 43-acre cemetery, said Chris Passera, foreman/sexton of municipal cemeteries. Christine Dempsey,, "Gravestones Toppled In Manchester Cemetery," 12 Apr. 2018 The statue’s removal, which came just before a debate exploded over Confederate monuments across the country, is moving ahead on schedule, said Don Price, sexton of the Orlando cemetery. Harry Sayer,, "'Johnny Reb' Confederate statue set for October debut in Orlando cemetery," 25 Aug. 2017 Marrero’s parents worked as sextons at nearby Second Mennonite Church. Kristin E. Holmes,, "A Fairhill church is redemption central for ex-offenders," 7 July 2017 Part of a woman's shoe was found as well as a sexton, used for navigation, Gillespie said. USA TODAY, "Was Amelia Earhart a New Jersey housewife?," 6 July 2017 The evening includes drinks and ends with dessert at the sexton’s cottage, where visitors can meet the actors. Dan Kelly,, "KC events May 18-24: Kansas City T-Bones, Union Cemetery voices, Naked Magicians," 16 May 2017 Ethel Lance, 70, was the church sexton who kept the bathrooms and building immaculately clean. • Meg Kinnard, Orange County Register, "Friends, family remember Charleston church slaying victims," 5 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of sexton

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sexton

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

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The first known use of sexton was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of sexton

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


sex·​ton | \ ˈseks-tən How to pronounce sexton (audio) \

Kids Definition of sexton

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

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