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sacristan

[sak-ri-stuh n] /ˈsæk rɪ stən/
noun
1.
Also called sacrist
[sak-rist, sey-krist] /ˈsæk rɪst, ˈseɪ krɪst/ (Show IPA)
. an official in charge of the sacred vessels, vestments, etc., of a church or a religious house.
2.
a sexton.
Origin of sacristan
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English < Medieval Latin sacristānus, equivalent to sacrist(a) custodian of sacred objects + -ānus -an
Related forms
undersacristan, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for sacristan

sacristan

/ˈsækrɪstən/
noun
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 (sense 1)
Word Origin
C14: from Medieval Latin sacristānus, from sacrista, from Latin sacer holy
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Word Origin and History for sacristan
n.

"officer charged with looking after the buildings and property of a church or religious house," early 14c. (late 12c. as a surname), from Medieval Latin sacristanus, from Latin sacrista, from sacer (genitive sacri) "sacred" (see sacred). Cf. sexton, which is a doublet.

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