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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 of sexton
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English sexteyn, sekesteyn, syncopated variant of segerstane, secristeyn < Anglo-French segerstaine sacristan
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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
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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