Definition of sacristan in English:


Syllabification: sac·ris·tan
Pronunciation: /ˈsakristən
(also sacrist /ˈsākrist, ˈsak-/)


  • 1A person in charge of a sacristy and its contents.
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    • The Churches did not signify the hierarchy through money; there was no difference in salary between a sacristan and a pastor.
    • He paid tribute to the concelebrating priests, the choir for the lovely singing, the sacristans, the Eucharistic Ministers, collectors and all others who do such wonderful work in the parish.
    • In a given year, in 1824, for example, there were 34,095 priests and archpriests, 15,081 deacons, and 59,740 sacristans in Russia.
  • 2 archaic The sexton of a parish church.
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    • Some churches require you to use their flowers - remember to ask the church sacristan if this is the case and expect to pay from €200 upwards.
    • Alice Burke, sacristan, had the church looking splendid and was further enhanced by the floral arrangements prepared by her daughter Veronica Troy, Lismore.
    • She was also church sacristan at the Ursuline Convent for five years.


Middle English: from medieval Latin sacristanus, based on Latin sacer, sacr- 'sacred'.

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