Sexton definition

sĕkstən
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.

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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.
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A church official who looks after a church and its graveyard and may act as a gravedigger and bell-ringer.
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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.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
sexton
Plural:
sextons

Origin of sexton

  • Middle English sextein from Anglo-Latin sextānus probably from Medieval Latin secristānus sacristan variant of sacristānus sacristan

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Medieval Latin sacristanus, based on Latin sacer (“sacred").

    From Wiktionary