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Definitions for Sexton
ˈsɛk stənsex·ton

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Sexton, Anne Sextonnoun

    United States poet (1928-1974)

  2. sexton, sacristannoun

    an officer of the church who is in charge of sacred objects


  1. sextonnoun

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

  2. Etymology: From sacristanus, based on sacer.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Sextonnoun

    An under officer of the church, whose business is to dig graves.

    Etymology: corrupted from sacristan.

    A stool and cushion for the sexton. William Shakespeare.

    When any dies, then by tolling a bell, or bespeaking a grave of the sexton, the same is known to the searchers corresponding with the said sexton. John Graunt.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sextonnoun

    an under officer of a church, whose business is to take care of the church building and the vessels, vestments, etc., belonging to the church, to attend on the officiating clergyman, and to perform other duties pertaining to the church, such as to dig graves, ring the bell, etc

  2. Etymology: [OE. sextein, contr. fr. sacristan.]


  1. Sexton

    A sexton is a church, congregation, or synagogue officer charged with the maintenance of its buildings and/or the surrounding graveyard. In smaller places of worship, this office is often combined with that of verger. In larger buildings, such as cathedrals, a team of sextons may be employed. Historically in North America and the United Kingdom the "sexton" was sometimes a minor municipal official responsible for overseeing the town graveyard. In the United Kingdom the position still exists today, related to management of the community's graveyard, and the sexton is usually employed by the town/parish or community council.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sexton

    seks′tun, n. an officer who has charge of a church, attends the clergyman, digs graves, &c.: a burying-beetle.—ns. Sex′ton-bee′tle, a coleopterous insect of the genus Necrophorus; Sex′tonship, the office of a sexton. [A corr. of sacristan.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Sexton is ranked #804 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Sexton surname appeared 43,133 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 15 would have the surname Sexton.

    91.4% or 39,437 total occurrences were White.
    3.6% or 1,570 total occurrences were Black.
    2.1% or 923 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.5% or 682 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.7% or 319 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.4% or 198 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Sexton in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Sexton in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of Sexton in a Sentence

  1. Justin Jones:

    Today we are sending a resounding message that democracy will not be killed in the comfort of silence, today we send a clear message to Speaker (of the House) Cameron Sexton that the people will not allow his crimes against democracy to happen without challenge.

  2. Buck Sexton:

    I was inspired by Rush, and so was Clay [ Travis ], one of the biggest breaks in my career was guest-hosting for Rush seven years ago. Buck Sexton said he could personally attest to the connection the late Limbaugh had with his millions of.

  3. Sara Norman:

    There are a tiny number of transgender high school students, and an even tinier number interested in playing sports, the Associated Press reached out to two dozen state lawmakers sponsoring such measures around the country and couldn't find a single example of an actual transgender high school student that inspired such a ban. For example, the Tennessee House Speaker, Cameron Sexton conceded there may not actually be transgender students now participating in middle and high school sports, and that the bill was a priority so the state could be seen taking a stand.

  4. Andrii Maxymov -RRB- Sasha:

    It was my straight message to Putin. I got big support from Charlie Sexton. We were together on one stage, and he was playing on guitar. They have American musicians with me, these guys who really was very helpful. I was feeling not so alone in America.

  5. John Dalton:

    Drew Sexton's Drew Sexton, drew Sexton's been doing very well in motivating the grassroots and making sure that everyone's kind of involved and feels included in this election, whether you're from the southern border towns all the way up, from top and bottom.

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    a state of irritation or annoyance
    • A. exacerbate
    • B. huff
    • C. flub
    • D. suffuse

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