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sexton (n.)

early 14c. (c. 1300 as a surname), sextein, sextyn, "under-officer in charge of the buildings and sacred objects of a religious house or church," from Old French segrestien, which is worn down from Medieval Latin secristanus, a variant of sacristanus (see sacristan). The sense of "custodian and janitor of a church" had emerged by 1580s. He also often prepared graves and attended at funerals. Related: Sexonry; sexonship. Fem. forms sextress, sextrice are recorded 15c., but the usual form is sextoness (early 15c.).

updated on July 11, 2022

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Definitions of sexton from WordNet
1
sexton (n.)
an officer of the church who is in charge of sacred objects;
Synonyms: sacristan
2
Sexton (n.)
United States poet (1928-1974);
Synonyms: Anne Sexton
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