saint

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English saint, from Old French saint (Modern French saint), from Latin sanctus (holy, consecrated, in Late Latin as a noun a saint), past participle of sancire (to render sacred, make holy), akin to sacer (holy, sacred).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /seɪnt/
  • (UK, as an unstressed, capitalised title) IPA(key): /sən(t)/, /sɨn(t)/

Noun[edit]

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saint (plural saints)

  1. A person to whom a church or another religious group has officially attributed the title of "saint"; a holy or godly person; one eminent for piety and virtue.
    Kateri Tekakwitha was proclaimed a saint.
  2. (figuratively, by extension) A person with positive qualities; one who does good.
    Dorothy Day was a living saint.
    Thanks for looking after the house while I'm away. You're a saint!
  3. One who is sanctified or made holy; a person who is separated unto God’s service.
    to the assembly of God which is at Corinth; those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ in every place, both theirs and ours. (1Cor. 1:2)
  4. One of the blessed in heaven.
    • Milton
      Then shall thy saints, unmixed, and from the impure / Far separate, circling thy holy mount, / Unfeigned hallelujahs to thee sing.

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saint (third-person singular simple present saints, present participle sainting, simple past and past participle sainted)

  1. (nonstandard) To canonize, to formally recognize someone as a saint.
    Many wish to see Pope John Paul II sainted immediately.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin sanctus (holy)

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Noun[edit]

saint m (plural saints, feminine sainte)

  1. saint

Adjective[edit]

saint m (feminine sainte, masculine plural saints, feminine plural saintes)

  1. saintly (all meanings)

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Irish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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Noun[edit]

saint f (genitive sainte)

  1. greed, avarice, covetousness
  2. great eagerness, desire

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Mutation[edit]

Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
saint shaint
after "an", tsaint
unchanged
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Jèrriais[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French saint, from Latin sanctus (holy).

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Noun[edit]

saint m (plural saints)

  1. (religion) saint

Adjective[edit]

saint m (feminine sainte, masculine plural saints, feminine plural saintes)

  1. holy

Old French[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Latin sanctus

Noun[edit]

saint m (oblique plural sainz or saintz, nominative singular sainz or saintz, nominative plural saint)

  1. saint

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saint m (feminine sainte)

  1. holy

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