- IPA(key): /seɪnt/
- (UK, as an unstressed, capitalised title) IPA(key): /sən(t)/, /sɨn(t)/
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”)).
saint (plural saints)
- 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.
- 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), London: […] Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981, 1 Corinthians 1:2:
- Unto the Church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Iesus, called to be Saints, with all that in euery place call vpon the Name of Iesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours.
- (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!
- One of the blessed in heaven.
- 1667, John Milton, “Book VI”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: […] [Samuel Simmons], […], OCLC 228722708; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554, lines 742–744:
- Then ſhall thy Saints unmixt, and from th' impure
Farr ſeparate, circling thy holy Mount
Unfained Halleluiahs to thee ſing,
- (archaic) A holy object.
- (holy person): hallow (obsolete)
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- (transitive) To canonize, to formally recognize someone as a saint.
- Many wish to see Pope John Paul II sainted immediately.
- saint in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- saint in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
- IPA(key): /sɛ̃/
- Rhymes: -ɛ̃
- Homophones: sain, sains, saints, sein, seing, seings, seins, ceins, ceint, ceints
- saintly (all meanings)
- “saint” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
saint f (genitive singular sainte)
after an, tsaint
|Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.|
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saint m (plural saints)
saint m (oblique and nominative feminine singular sainte)
- circa 1250, Rutebeuf, Ci encoumence la vie de Sainte Elyzabel, fille au roi de Hongrie:
- Conment hom devoit Dieu servir
Por saint Paradix deservir
- How man should serve God
In order to deserve Heaven
- How man should serve God
- pious; devout
saint m pl (not mutable)
- plural of