|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|
|[C14: from Old French secrestein, from Medieval Latin sacristānus|
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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