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Sexton

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

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 a. h. sexton

sexton

n.

c.1300, sekesteyn, "person in charge of the sacred objects of a church," from Old French segrestien, from Medieval Latin sacristanus (see sacristan). Sense of "custodian of a church" first recorded 1580s. Fem. forms sextress, sextrice are recorded 15c., but the usual form is sextoness (early 15c.).

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