sacristan

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French sacristain, Late Latin sacrista, from Latin sacer. See sacred, and compare sexton.

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sacristan (plural sacristans)

  1. The person who maintains the sacristy and the sacred objects it contains.
    • 1793, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Christabel
      And hence the custom and law began
      That still at dawn the sacristan,
      Who duly pulls the heavy bell,
      Five and forty beads must tell
      Between each stroke
    • 1932, Maurice Baring, chapter 10, Friday's Business[1]:
      The church was looked after by an old sacristan who lived in a cottage on the shore of the lake.

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