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sexton

[sek-stuh n] /ˈsɛk stən/
noun
1.
an official of a church charged with taking care of the edifice and its contents, ringing the bell, etc., and sometimes with burying the dead.
2.
an official who maintains a synagogue and its religious articles, chants the designated portion of the Torah on prescribed days, and assists the cantor in conducting services on festivals.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English sexteyn, sekesteyn, syncopated variant of segerstane, secristeyn < Anglo-French segerstaine sacristan
Related forms
sextonship, noun
undersexton, noun
Can be confused
sextant, sextet, sexton.

Sexton

[sek-stuh n] /ˈsɛk stən/
noun
1.
Anne (Harvey) 1928–74, U.S. poet.
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sexton

/ˈsɛkstən/
noun
1.
a person employed to act as caretaker of a church and its contents and graveyard, and often also as bell-ringer, gravedigger, etc
2.
another name for the burying beetle
Word Origin
C14: from Old French secrestein, from Medieval Latin sacristānussacristan
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Word Origin and History for sexton
sexton
c.1300, sekesteyn, "person in charge of the sacred objects of a church," from O.Fr. segrestien, from M.L. sacristanus (see sacristan). Sense of "custodian of a church" first recorded 1582.
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Encyclopedia Article for sexton

church custodian charged with keeping the church and parish buildings prepared for meetings, caring for church equipment, and performing related minor duties such as ringing the bell and digging graves. The term is sometimes used interchangeably with "sacristan," denoting a church officer who is specifically in charge of the sacristy and its sacred utensils and vestments but who also may perform the duties of sexton.

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