saint

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English[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

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

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English saint, seint, sainct, seinct, sanct, senct, partly from Old English sanct (saint) and confluence with Old French saint, seinte (Modern French saint); both 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). Displaced native Middle English halwe (saint) from Old English hālga (saint, holy one) (> Modern English hallow (saint)).

Noun[edit]

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Francis of Assisi, a Catholic saint.

saint (plural saints)

  1. A person whom a church or another religious group has officially recognised as especially holy or godly; one eminent for piety and virtue.
    Kateri Tekakwitha was proclaimed a saint.
  2. (figurative, 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 of the blessed in heaven.
  4. (archaic) A holy object.
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  • (holy person): hallow (obsolete)
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English saynten, seinten, sonten, partly from Anglo-Norman saintir and partly from the noun Middle English seint, seynt (see above).

Verb[edit]

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

  1. (transitive) 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 (feminine singular sainte, masculine plural saints, feminine plural saintes)

  1. saintly (all meanings)

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Irish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)

Noun[edit]

saint f (genitive singular 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
not applicable
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Norman[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

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  • (file)

Adjective[edit]

saint m

  1. (Jersey) holy

Noun[edit]

saint m (plural saints)

  1. (Jersey, religion) saint

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

Declension[edit]

Adjective[edit]

saint m (oblique and nominative feminine singular sainte)

  1. holy
  2. pious; devout

Descendants[edit]

  • English: saint
  • French: saint
  • Norman: saint (Jersey)

Welsh[edit]

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Noun[edit]

saint m pl

  1. plural of sant