- The definition of a sexton is someone working for a church who takes care of church maintenance, digs graves and rings bells.
An example of a sexton is the person who mows the lawn and does repair work at a church.
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
Origin of sextonMiddle English sextein, altered ; from segerstane ; from Old French segrestain ; from Medieval Latin sacristanus: see sacristan
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 of sextonMiddle English sextein, from Anglo-Latin sextānus, probably from Medieval Latin secristānus, sacristan, variant of sacristānus; see sacristan.
From Medieval Latin sacristanus, based on Latin sacer (“sacred").