sacristan

sacristan

[sak-ri-stuhn]
noun
1.
Also called sacrist [sak-rist, sey-krist] . an official in charge of the sacred vessels, vestments, etc., of a church or a religious house.
2.
a sexton.

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English < Medieval Latin sacristānus, equivalent to sacrist(a) custodian of sacred objects + -ānus -an

undersacristan, noun
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sacristan or sacrist (ˈsækrɪstən, ˈsækrɪst, ˈseɪ-)
 
n
1.  a person who has charge of the contents of a church, esp the sacred vessels, vestments, etc
2.  a less common word for sexton
 
[C14: from Medieval Latin sacristānus, from sacrista, from Latin sacer holy]
 
sacrist or sacrist
 
n
 
[C14: from Medieval Latin sacristānus, from sacrista, from Latin sacer holy]

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sacristan
late 14c., from M.L. sacristanus, from L. sacrista, from sacer (gen. sacri) "sacred" (see sacred). Cf. sexton, which is a doublet.
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sacristan

a sexton (q.v.) or, more commonly, the officer of the church in charge of the sacristy and its contents, such as the sacred vessels and vestments. The person may be either someone in holy orders, as is common in a cathedral, or a lay person

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