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Princeton's WordNet

  1. saint(noun)

    a person who has died and has been declared a saint by canonization

  2. saint, holy man, holy person, angel(noun)

    person of exceptional holiness

  3. ideal, paragon, nonpareil, saint, apotheosis, nonesuch, nonsuch(verb)

    model of excellence or perfection of a kind; one having no equal

  4. enshrine, saint(verb)

    hold sacred

  5. canonize, canonise, saint(verb)

    declare (a dead person) to be a saint

    "After he was shown to have performed a miracle, the priest was canonized"


  1. saint(Noun)

    A person to whom a church or another religious group has officially attributed the title of "saint".

    Kateri Tekawitha was proclaimed a saint.

    Etymology: From saint

  2. saint(Noun)

    A person with positive qualities.

    Dorothy Day was a living saint.

    Etymology: From saint

  3. saint(Noun)

    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)

    Etymology: From saint

  4. saint(Verb)

    To canonize, to formally recognize someone as a saint.

    Many wish to see Pope John Paul II sainted immediately.

    Etymology: From saint

  5. Saint(Noun)

    A title given to a saint, often prefixed to the person's name.

    Kateri Tekawitha was proclaimed a saint.

    Etymology: From saint

  6. Saint(Noun)

    someone connected with any of the sports teams known as the Saints, as a fan, player, coach etc.

    Dorothy Day was a living saint.

    Etymology: From saint

Webster Dictionary

  1. Saint(noun)

    a person sanctified; a holy or godly person; one eminent for piety and virtue; any true Christian, as being redeemed and consecrated to God

    Etymology: [F., fr. L. sanctus sacred, properly p. p. of sancire to render sacred by a religious act, to appoint as sacred; akin to sacer sacred. Cf. Sacred, Sanctity, Sanctum, Sanctus.]

  2. Saint(noun)

    one of the blessed in heaven

    Etymology: [F., fr. L. sanctus sacred, properly p. p. of sancire to render sacred by a religious act, to appoint as sacred; akin to sacer sacred. Cf. Sacred, Sanctity, Sanctum, Sanctus.]

  3. Saint(noun)

    one canonized by the church

    Etymology: [F., fr. L. sanctus sacred, properly p. p. of sancire to render sacred by a religious act, to appoint as sacred; akin to sacer sacred. Cf. Sacred, Sanctity, Sanctum, Sanctus.]

  4. Saint(verb)

    to make a saint of; to enroll among the saints by an offical act, as of the pope; to canonize; to give the title or reputation of a saint to (some one)

    Etymology: [F., fr. L. sanctus sacred, properly p. p. of sancire to render sacred by a religious act, to appoint as sacred; akin to sacer sacred. Cf. Sacred, Sanctity, Sanctum, Sanctus.]

  5. Saint(verb)

    to act or live as a saint

    Etymology: [F., fr. L. sanctus sacred, properly p. p. of sancire to render sacred by a religious act, to appoint as sacred; akin to sacer sacred. Cf. Sacred, Sanctity, Sanctum, Sanctus.]


  1. Saint

    A saint is one who has been recognized for having an exceptional degree of holiness, sanctity, and virtue. While the English term "saint" originated in Christianity, the term is now used by historians of religion "in a more general way to refer to the state of special holiness that many religions attribute to certain people," with the Jewish Tzadik, the Islamic wali, the Hindu rishi or guru, and the Buddhist arhat or bodhisattva also referred to as saints. Depending on the religion, saints are recognized either through official church recognition or by popular acclaim. In Christianity, "saint" has a wide variety of meanings, depending on its usage and the denomination. The original Christian usage referred to any believer who is "in Christ" and in whom Christ dwells, whether in heaven or in earth. In Orthodox and Catholic teachings, all Christians in heaven are considered to be saints, but some are considered to be worthy of higher honor, emulation, or veneration, with official church recognition given to some saints through canonization or glorification.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Saint

    sānt, n. a sanctified or holy person: one eminent for piety: one of the blessed dead: one canonised by the R.C. Church: an image of a saint: an angel: (pl.) Israelites as a people: Christians generally.—v.t. to salute as a saint.—adj. Saint′ed, made a saint: holy: sacred: gone to heaven: canonised.—n. Saint′hood.—adj. Saint′ish, somewhat saintly, or affectedly so.—n. Saint′ism, the character or quality of a saint: sanctimoniousness.—adjs. Saint′-like, Saint′ly, like or becoming a saint.—adv. Saint′lily.—n. Saint′liness.—adj. Saint′-seem′ing, appearing like a saint.—n. Saint′ship, the character of a saint.—Saint's day, a day set apart for the commemoration of a particular saint; St Agnes's flower, the snowflake; St Andrew's cross, a North American shrub; St Andrew's Day, 30th November; St Anthony's fire, erysipelas; St Anthony's nut, the pig-nut or hawk-nut; St Audrey's necklace, a string of holy stones; St Barbara's cress, the yellow rocket; St Barnaby's thistle, the English star-thistle; St Bennet's herb, the herb bennet; St Bernard, a kind of dog; St Blase's disease, quinsy; St Cassian beds, a division of the Triassic series; St Crispin's Day, 25th October; St David's Day, 1st March; St Domingo duck, a West Indian duck; St Domingo grebe, the smallest grebe in America; St Elmo's fire (see Elmo's fire); St George's Day, 23d April; St George's ensign, the distinguishing flag of the British navy, a red cross on a white field; St Hubert's disease, hydrophobia; St John's bread, the carob bean: ergot of rye; St John's Day, 27th December; St John's hawk, a blackish variety of the rough-legged buzzard; St Julien, an esteemed red Bordeaux wine from the Médoc region; St Leger, the name of a race run at Doncaster, so called since 1778 from Col. St Leger; St Luke's summer, a period of pleasant weather about the middle of October; St Martin's evil, drunkenness; St Martin's summer, a season of mild, damp weather in late autumn; St Nicholas's Day, 6th December; St Patrick's Day, 17th March; St Peter's finger, a belemnite; St Peter's fish, the dory; St Peter's wort, a name of several plants; St Pierre group, a thick mass of shales in the upper Missouri region; St Swithin's Day, 15th July; St Valentine's Day, 14th February; St Vitus's dance, chorea.—All-Saints' Day, a feast observed by the Latin Church on 1st November, in the Greek Church on the first Sunday after Pentecost; Communion of the Saints, the spiritual fellowship of all true believers, the blessed dead as well as the faithful living, mystically united in each other in Christ; Intercession, Perseverance, of saints (see Intercession, Perseverance); Latter-day saints, the Mormons' name for themselves; Patron saint, a saint who is regarded as a protector, as St George of England, St Andrew of Scotland, St Patrick of Ireland, St David of Wales, St Denis of France, St James of Spain, St Nicholas of Russia, St Stephen of Hungary, St Mark of Venice, &c. [Fr.,—L. sanctus, holy.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Saint

    a name applied to a holy or sacred person, especially one canonised; in the plural it is the name assumed by the Mormons.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. saint

    1. Generally speaking, a person who retires into the wilderness of the spirit in order to coddle a ruling weakness. 2. To become polite toward God and His universe. 3. A steeplejack on miraged minarets.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Saint' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4459

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Saint' in Nouns Frequency: #2214

Anagrams for Saint »

  1. satin, sat in

  2. stain

  3. antis

  4. tians

  5. tisan

  6. antis, satin, sat in, stain, tians, tisan

How to pronounce Saint?

  1. Alex
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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Saint in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Saint in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Saint in a Sentence

  1. Phyllis McGinley:

    The system -- the American one, at least -- is a vast and noble experiment. It has been polestar and exemplar for other nations. But from kindergarten until she graduates from college the girl is treated in it exactly like her brothers. She studies the same subjects, becomes proficient at the same sports. Oh, it is a magnificent lore she learns, education for the mind beyond anything Jane Austen or Saint Theresa or even Mrs. Pankhurst ever dreamed. It is truly Utopian. But Utopia was never meant to exist on this disheveled planet.

  2. Jesse Eisenberg:

    My wife and I are very involved on a day-to-day level -- painting and cleaning and mopping. And there's a lot of sterilization to be done, as you can imagine, right now -- door knobs and elevator buttons, et cetera, i married a person who is a walking saint and so she has not spent a day in her life not doing something to help those most in need. So, for her, it was kind of without hesitancy that we should come here and figure out ways to help.

  3. Carl Sagan:

    Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every ‘superstar,’ every ‘supreme leader,’ every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there — on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

  4. Emeasoba George:

    La Bible est le plus grand livre de sagesse et de connaissance jamais écrit et publié. En fait, c'est le livre le plus lu au monde, le livre le plus débattu et le plus cité de l'histoire. Ainsi, la Bible est le plus grand livre de tous les temps. C'est une collection de livres qui comprend des histoires anciennes ou anciennes, des chroniques, des enseignements, des lois, des paraboles, des proverbes, des psaumes, des enseignants, des prédicateurs, des héros, des héroïnes, des saints, des rois, des prophètes, des miracles, des avertissements. , merveilles, mystères, révélations (collectivement, le passé, le présent et le futur) et bien plus encore, y compris des idées extraordinaires ou des paroles de sagesse (encouragement) de Jésus Christ lui-même (le plus grand enseignant et inspirateur de tous les temps), le roi Salomon, le roi David, saint Paul parmi d'autres hommes et femmes sages antiques. Des milliards d'exemplaires ont déjà été publiés et vendus à l'échelle mondiale. Et beaucoup d'autres exemplaires seront publiés et vendus tôt ou tard. En d'autres termes, la Bible a été lue par le monde entier. Même la postérité (toutes les futures générations à venir) lira sûrement la Bible. Vous pouvez parier votre dollar bas. -Emeasoba George

  5. Leo Buscaglia:

    Perfect love is rare indeed - for to be a lover will require that you continually have the subtlety of the very wise, the flexibility of the child, the sensitivity of the artist, the understanding of the philosopher, the acceptance of the saint, the tolerance of the scholar and the fortitude of the certain.

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(used of persons) bound to a tract of land; hence their service is transferable from owner to owner
  • A. adscripted
  • B. tacky
  • C. proprietary
  • D. butch

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