The definition of a sexton is someone working for a church who takes care of church maintenance, digs graves and rings bells.noun
An example of a sexton is the person who mows the lawn and does repair work at a church.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
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a church officer or employee in charge of the maintenance of church property: duties may include ringing the church bells and digging graves in the churchyard
ME sextein, altered < segerstane < OFr segrestain < ML sacristanus: see sacristan
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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.
Origin: Middle English sextein, from Anglo-Latin sextānus, probably from Medieval Latin secristānus, sacristan, variant of sacristānus; see sacristan.
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, Anne 1928-1974.
American poet whose works, including the collections Live or Die (1966) and The Death Notebooks (1974), document her struggle with mental illness and her search for faith.