What does sexton mean?

Definitions for sextonˈsɛk stən

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Sexton, Anne Sexton(noun)

    United States poet (1928-1974)

  2. sexton, sacristan(noun)

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


  1. sexton(Noun)

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

  2. Origin: From sacristanus, based on sacer.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sexton(noun)

    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. Origin: [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.]


  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

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