Saint Francis is an example of a saint.
- An example of a saint is Saint Francis of Assisi.
- An example of a saint is a person who spends all her free time volunteering with the homeless.
- a holy person
- a person who is exceptionally meek, charitable, patient, etc.
- [pl.] those, esp. holy persons, who have died and are believed to be with God
- in the New Testament, any Christian
- [S-] a member of any of certain religious groups calling themselves Saints
- in certain Christian churches, a person officially recognized as having lived an exceptionally holy life, and thus as being in heaven and capable of interceding for sinners; canonized person
Origin of saintOld French from Ecclesiastical Late Latin sanctus, saint from L, holy, consecrated, past participle of sancire, to consecrate, akin to sacer: see sacred
- Christianity a. Abbr. St. or S. A person officially recognized, especially by canonization, as being entitled to public veneration and capable of interceding for people on earth.b. A person who has died and gone to heaven.c. Saint A member of any of various Christian groups, especially a Latter-Day Saint.
- A person who is venerated for holiness in a non-Christian religious tradition.
- An extremely virtuous person.
transitive verbsaint·ed, saint·ing, saints
- To name, recognize, or venerate as a saint.
- To regard or venerate as extremely virtuous.
Origin of saintMiddle English seint from Old French saint from Late Latin sānctus from Latin holy past participle of sancīre to consecrate ; see sak- in Indo-European roots.
- A person to whom a church or another religious group has officially attributed the title of "saint"; a holy or godly person; one eminent for piety and virtue.
- Kateri Tekakwitha was proclaimed a saint.
- (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 who is sanctified or made holy; a person who is separated unto God's service.
- to the assembly of God which is at Corinth; those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ in every place, both theirs and ours. (1Cor. 1:2)
- One of the blessed in heaven.
(third-person singular simple present saints, present participle sainting, simple past and past participle sainted)
- (nonstandard) To canonize, to formally recognize someone as a saint.
- Many wish to see Pope John Paul II sainted immediately.
From Middle English saint, from Old French saint (Modern French saint), 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").