French sacristain, Late Latin sacrista, from Latin sacer. See sacred, and compare sexton.
sacristan (plural sacristans)
- 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:
- The church was looked after by an old sacristan who lived in a cottage on the shore of the lake.
person who maintains the sacristy