English Online Dictionary. What means saint? What does saint mean?
- IPA(key): /seɪnt/
- Rhymes: -eɪnt
- (UK, as an unstressed, capitalised title) IPA(key): /sən(t)/, /sɨn(t)/
From Middle English saint, seint, sainct, seinct, sanct, senct, partly from Old English sanct (“saint”) and confluence with Old French saint, seinte (Modern French saint); both 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”). Displaced native Middle English halwe (“saint”) from Old English hālga (“saint, holy one”) (> Modern English hallow (“saint”)).
saint (plural saints)
- A person whom a church or another religious group has officially recognised as especially holy or godly; 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 of the blessed in heaven.
- (archaic) A holy object.
- (holy person): hallow (obsolete)
From Middle English saynten, seinten, sonten, partly from Anglo-Norman saintir and partly from the noun Middle English seint, seynt (see above).
saint (third-person singular simple present saints, present participle sainting, simple past and past participle sainted)
- (transitive) To canonize, to formally recognize someone as a saint.
- Many wish to see Pope John Paul II sainted immediately.
- saint in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- saint in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
- Astin, Insta, Santi, Sinta, Tanis, Tians, antis, insta-, sat in, satin, stain, stian, tians, tisan
From Latin sanctus (“holy”)
- IPA(key): /sɛ̃/
- Rhymes: -ɛ̃
- Homophones: sain, sains, saints, sein, seing, seings, seins, ceins, ceint, ceints
saint m (plural saints, feminine sainte)
saint (feminine singular sainte, masculine plural saints, feminine plural saintes)
- saintly (all meanings)
- guerre sainte
- terre sainte
- “saint” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
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saint f (genitive singular sainte)
- greed, avarice, covetousness
- great eagerness, desire
- cíocras, gabhálacht (“avarice”)
From Old French saint, from Latin sanctus (“holy”).
- (Jersey) holy
saint m (plural saints)
- (Jersey, religion) saint
- sanct (rare)
- saent (rare)
- seint (common, chiefly Anglo-Norman)
saint m (oblique plural sainz or saintz, nominative singular sainz or saintz, nominative plural saint)
saint m (oblique and nominative feminine singular sainte)
- pious; devout
- → English: saint
- French: saint
- Norman: saint (Jersey)
- IPA(key): /sai̯nt/
saint m pl (not mutable)
- plural of sant