What does saint mean?

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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.

  2. saint(Noun)

    A person with positive qualities.

    Dorothy Day was a living 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)

  4. saint(Verb)

    To canonize, to formally recognize someone as a saint.

    Many wish to see Pope John Paul II sainted immediately.

  5. Saint(Noun)

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

    Kateri Tekawitha was proclaimed a 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.

  7. Origin: 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

  2. Saint(noun)

    one of the blessed in heaven

  3. Saint(noun)

    one canonized by the church

  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)

  5. Saint(verb)

    to act or live as a saint

  6. Origin: [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?

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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. Turin Carter:

    We don't think Terrell's a saint.

  2. Anuj Somany:

    God is an invisible saint not agent

  3. Randy Wicker:

    Marsha P. Johnson was a living saint.

  4. Proverb:

    Every one preaches for his own saint.

  5. Ambrose Bierce:

    Saint. A dead sinner revised and edited.

Images & Illustrations of saint

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