What does saint mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. saintnoun

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

  2. saint, holy man, holy person, angelnoun

    person of exceptional holiness

  3. ideal, paragon, nonpareil, saint, apotheosis, nonesuch, nonsuchverb

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

  4. enshrine, saintverb

    hold sacred

  5. canonize, canonise, saintverb

    declare (a dead person) to be a saint

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


  1. saintnoun

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

    Kateri Tekawitha was proclaimed a saint.

  2. saintnoun

    A person with positive qualities.

    Dorothy Day was a living saint.

  3. saintnoun

    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. saintverb

    To canonize, to formally recognize someone as a saint.

    Many wish to see Pope John Paul II sainted immediately.

  5. Saintnoun

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

    Kateri Tekawitha was proclaimed a saint.

  6. Saintnoun

    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. Etymology: From saint

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. SAINTnoun

    A person eminent for piety and virtue.

    Etymology: saint, French; sanctus, Latin.

    To thee be worship and thy saints for aye. William Shakespeare.

    She will not stay the siege of loving terms,
    Nor ope her lap to saint seducing gold. William Shakespeare.

    Then thus I cloath my naked villainy
    With old odd ends, stol’n forth of holy writ,
    And seem a saint, when most I play the devil. William Shakespeare.

    Miracles are required of all who aspire to this dignity, because they say an hypocrite may imitate a saint in all other particulars. Joseph Addison, on Italy.

    By thy example kings are taught to sway,
    Heroes to fight, and saints may learn to pray. George Granville.

    So unaffected, so compos’d a mind;
    So firm, yet soft, so strong, yet so refin’d,
    Heav’n, as its purest gold, by tortures try’d;
    The saint sustain’d it, but the woman dy’d. Alexander Pope.

  2. To Saintverb

    To number among saints; to reckon among saints by a publick decree; to canonize.

    Etymology: from the noun

    Are not the principles of those wretches still owned, and their persons sainted, by a race of men of the same stamp? South.

    Over against the church stands a large hospital, erected by a shoemaker, who has been beatified, though never sainted. Add.

    Thy place is here, sad sister; come away:
    Once, like thyself, I trembled, wept, and pray’d;
    Love’s victim then, though now a sainted maid. Alexander Pope.

  3. To Saintverb

    To act with a shew of piety.

    Whether the charmer sinner it or saint it,
    If folly grows romantick, I must paint it. Alexander Pope.


  1. saint

    A saint is a person who is recognized in various religions, particularly Christianity or Catholicism, for having lived a life of exemplary holiness or goodness, often attributed with performing miracles. They are often considered to have a special, close relationship with God and are capable of interceding on behalf of people who pray in their name. The process of officially recognizing a saint is called canonization and is typically carried out by the church. The term can also refer to all believers or holy persons collectively.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Saintnoun

    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. Saintnoun

    one of the blessed in heaven

  3. Saintnoun

    one canonized by the church

  4. Saintverb

    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. Saintverb

    to act or live as a saint

  6. 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.

Editors Contribution

  1. saintnoun

    Canonized by Jesus Christ. 0.) The pure soldier of God Almighty with a double edged sharp tongue in the literal new testament. 1.) A person acknowledged as holy or virtuous and typically regarded as being in heaven after death. 2.) Used in the title of religious saints. Used in place names or other dedications. Worthy.

    The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with all the saints. Amen.

    Etymology: Sanctified officer of the Most High.

    Submitted by Tehorah_Elyon on January 27, 2024  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. SAINT

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Saint is ranked #15442 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Saint surname appeared 1,897 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Saint.

    81.7% or 1,550 total occurrences were White.
    9.1% or 173 total occurrences were Black.
    4.2% or 80 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.7% or 52 total occurrences were Asian.
    1.3% or 26 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.8% or 16 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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

  2. sat in

  3. stain

  4. tians

  5. tisan

  6. antis

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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. Kris Jenner:

    Kim leads the pack. She's the queen of the thick skin. In June Kim was mommy-shamed for a picture of her son, Saint West, in a facing forward car seat, which could put a child at risk. But she got far more scrutiny during her traumatic 2016 robbery in Paris. Kris Jenner offered insight as to why they decided to share Kardashian-West’s Paris robbery on the long running reality series. So many people felt like they deserved the explanation of what happened because they had for the last decade followed every moment of her life and so then she felt like it would almost be a relief to be able to say it on her terms and explain what happened.

  2. Terry Mattson:

    The sight of extreme athletes careering down an ice track outside Saint Paul's iconic cathedral is an awe-inspiring spectacle -- and one great big party.

  3. Christian Retournat:

    It is way too soon to say whether or not it is MH370. We just found the debris this morning in the coast of Saint Andre.

  4. Michael Zeldin:

    In some sense, Paul Manafort has already testified through the admission of Paul Manafort emails, as a prosecutor, you can say Gates was credible. He's not a saint, he's an admitted sinner, he's going to go to jail for his sins, but what he told you today is true. We know it's true because of all the other witnesses who we'll go through the testimony of, and all the documentary evidence which we'll go through, including emails from Mr. Paul Manafort, that corroborate Paul Manafort testimony.

  5. Rita Fernandez:

    He's my No. 1 world leader, he rides on a bus. He flew to Tacloban to visit the typhoon survivors despite the storm and he stops to talk to the poor. He's a living saint.

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