noun, plural sacristies.
an apartment in or a building connected with a church or a religious house, in which the sacred vessels, vestments, etc., are kept.

1400–50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin sacristia vestry, equivalent to sacrist(a) (see sacristan) + -ia -y3 Unabridged
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sacristy (ˈsækrɪstɪ)
n , pl -ties
a room attached to a church or chapel where the sacred vessels, vestments, etc, are kept and where priests attire themselves
[C17: from Medieval Latin sacristia; see sacristan]

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Word Origin & History

"repository of sacred things," c.1600, from Anglo-Fr. sacrestie, from M.L. sacrista, from L. sacer "sacred" (see sacred).
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in architecture, room in a Christian church in which vestments and sacred objects used in the services are stored and in which the clergy and sometimes the altar boys and the choir members put on their robes. In the early Christian church, two rooms beside the apse, the diaconicon and the prothesis, were used for these purposes.

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Example sentences
Church vestments are also on display in the sacristy.
The intended design of the building probably included a vaulted ceiling over
  the nave and a dome over the sacristy.
Probably this one was placed over the entrance to a private chapel or sacristy,
  but its original location remains unknown.
In later years, an altar was added, and then a sacristy.
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