Definition of


  1. (noun, person) model of excellence or perfection of a kind; one having no equal
  2. (noun, person) person of exceptional holiness
  3. (noun, person) a person who has died and has been declared a saint by canonization
  4. (verb, communication) declare (a dead person) to be a saint
  5. (verb, emotion) hold sacred

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Origin of the word Saint

  1. early 12c., from O.Fr. seinte, altering O.E. sanct, both from L. sanctus "holy, consecrated" (used as a noun in L.L.), prop. pp. of sancire "consecrate" (see sacred). Adopted into most Gmc. languages (cf. O.Fris. sankt, Du. sint, Ger. Sanct). Originally an adj. prefixed to the name of a canonized person; by c.1300 it came to be r… more

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