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sex·ton

 (sĕk′stən)
n.
An employee or officer of a church who is responsible for the care and upkeep of church property and sometimes for ringing bells and digging graves.

[Middle English sextein, from Anglo-Latin sextānus, probably from Medieval Latin secristānus, sacristan, variant of sacristānus; see sacristan.]

sexton

(ˈsɛkstən)
n
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a person employed to act as caretaker of a church and its contents and graveyard, and often also as bell-ringer, gravedigger, etc
2. (Animals) another name for the burying beetle
[C14: from Old French secrestein, from Medieval Latin sacristānus sacristan]

sex•ton

(ˈsɛk stən)

n.
1. an official who maintains a church building and its contents, rings the bell, etc.
2. an official whose main duty is to maintain a synagogue and its religious articles.
[1275–1325; Middle English sexteyn, sekesteyn, syncopated variant of segerstane, secristeyn < Anglo-French segerstaine sacristan]
sex′ton•ship`, n.

Sex•ton

(ˈsɛk stən)

n.
Anne (Harvey), 1928–74, U.S. poet.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Sexton - United States poet (1928-1974)
2.sexton - an officer of the church who is in charge of sacred objects
caretaker - a custodian who is hired to take care of something (property or a person)
church officer - a church official
Translations
قَنْدَلَفْت
kostelník
kirketjener
suntio
egyházfisekrestyés
kirkjuòjónn
zakristijonas
ķesteris
kostolník
kilise çancısızangoç

sexton

[ˈsekstən] Nsacristán m

sexton

nKüster m

sexton

[ˈsɛkstn] nsagrestano

sexton

(ˈsekstən) noun
a person who looks after a church and often is responsible for bellringing etc.
References in classic literature ?
In an old abbey town, down in this part of the country, a long, long while ago--so long, that the story must be a true one, because our great-grandfathers implicitly believed it--there officiated as sexton and grave-digger in the churchyard, one Gabriel Grub.
The old sexton, leaning on a crutch, was taking the air at his cottage door, and gave her good morrow.
The farmer's wife and the sexton sat at the table, but there was no one else.
Directing the sexton to lead the horse, he walked close by the murderer's side, and in this order they reached the village about the middle of the night.
Before long the sexton came by and saw his master, the parson, running behind three girls.
But as he came down the pulpit steps, the grey-bearded sexton met him, holding up a black glove, which the minister recognised as his own.
The sexton stands waiting for us at the door of the tomb.
And I bribed the sexton to pull it away when I'm laid there, and slide mine out too; I'll have it made so: and then by the time Linton gets to us he'll not know which is which
Newland Archer, at a signal from the sexton, had come out of the vestry and placed himself with his best man on the chancel step of Grace Church.
Some man, apparently the sexton, had observed Clare standing there, and drew nigh.
The friends of the dead will all be gone by two, and when the sexton locks the gate we shall remain.
As for his dejection, I certainly did not hear his laugh ringing from the vestry as usual, nor his voice loud in hilarious discourse; though I did hear it uplifted in rating the sexton in a manner that made the congregation stare; and, in his transits to and from the pulpit and the communion-table, there was more of solemn pomp, and less of that irreverent, self-confident, or rather self-delighted imperiousness with which he usually swept along--that air that seemed to say, 'You all reverence and adore me, I know; but if anyone does not, I defy him to the teeth