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.
- (died 303?); Christian martyr, possibly from Cappadocia: patron saint of England: his day is April 23
- 1660-1727; king of Great Britain & Ireland (1714-27), born in Germany: great-grandson of James I
- 1683-1760; king of Great Britain & Ireland (1727-60), born in Germany: son of George I
- 1738-1820; king of Great Britain & Ireland (1760-1820): grandson of George II
- 1762-1830; king of Great Britain & Ireland (1820-30); regent (1811-20): son of George III
- 1865-1936; king of Great Britain & Ireland (1910-36): son of Edward VII
- 1895-1952; king of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (1936-52): son of George V
- 1839-97; U.S. political economist: advocate of the single tax
- (6th cent. ); Welsh bishop: patron saint of Wales: his day is March 1
- 1084-1153; king of Scotland (1124-53)
- 1748-1825; Fr. neoclassical painter
- a holy person
- a person who is exceptionally meek, charitable, patient, etc.
- those, esp. holy persons, who have died and are believed to be with God
- in the New Testament, any Christian
- 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
- ( 376?-444); Christian theologian: archbishop of Alexandria (412-444): his day is June 27
- (born Constantine) ( 827?-869); Gr. prelate & missionary; apostle to the Slavs: his day is Feb. 14
- (4th cent. ); bishop of Myra: patron saint of Russia, of Greece, & of young people, sailors, etc.: his day is Dec. 6
- ( 800?-867); pope (858-867): his day is Nov. 13: called the Great
- 1796-1855; czar of Russia (1825-55)
- 1868-1918; last czar of Russia (1894-1917); forced to abdicate; executed
- ( 316?-397?) bishop of Tours: his day is Martinmasalso called Saint Martin of Tours
- 1836-97; U.S. painter
- ( 251?-356?); Egypt. hermit: founder of Christian monasticism: his day is Jan. 17: called the Great
- (1195-1231); Franciscan friar in France & Italy, born in Portugal: his day is June 13also called Saint Anthony of Padua
- 1820-1906; U.S. leader in the movement for women's suffrage
- ( 354-430); early Christian church father, born in Numidia: bishop of Hippo in N Africa: his day is Aug. 28
- (died 604); Rom. monk sent to convert the English to Christianity: 1st archbishop of Canterbury: his day is May 27
- ( 480?-543?); It. monk: founder of the Benedictine order: his day is July 11also called Saint Benedict of Nur′sia
- (born Prospero Lambertini) 1675-1758; pope (1740-58)
- (born Giacomo della Chiesa) 1854-1922; pope (1914-22)
- (born Joseph Alois Ratzinger) 1927-; pope (2005-13)
- 1887-1948; U.S. anthropologist
- (born Winfrid or Wynfrith) ( 675?-754?); Eng. monk & missionary in Germany: his day is June 5
- (born Benedetto Caetani) 1235?-1303; pope (1294-1303)
- ( 452?-523?); Ir. abbess: a patron saint of Ireland: her day is Feb. 1
- (1302?-73); Swed. nun: founder of the order of Bri(d)gittines: her day is July 23
- 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").