• IPA: /seɪnt/
  • (British, as an unstressed, capitalised title) IPA: /sən(t)/, /sɨn(t)/

saint (plural saints)

  1. A person whom a church or another religious group has officially recognised as especially holy or godly; one eminent for piety and virtue.
    Kateri Tekakwitha was proclaimed a saint.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, 1 Corinthians 1:2 ↗:
      Unto the Church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Iesus, called to be Saints, with all that in euery place call vpon the Name of Iesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours.
  2. (figuratively, by extension) A person with positive qualities; one who does good.
    Dorothy Day was a living saint.
    Thanks for looking after the house while I'm away. You're a saint!
  3. One of the blessed in heaven.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book VI ↗”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗, lines 742–744:
      Then ſhall thy Saints unmixt, and from th' impure
      Farr ſeparate, circling thy holy Mount
      Unfained Halleluiahs to thee ſing,
  4. (archaic) A holy object.
    • 1610, The Second Tome of the Holie Bible, […] (Douay–Rheims Bible), Doway: Lavrence Kellam, […], OCLC 1006139495 ↗, Proverbes 20:25, page 299 ↗:
      It is ruine to a man to deuoure ſaintes, and afterward to retracte the vowes.
  • (holy person) hallow (obsolete)
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saint (saints, present participle sainting; past and past participle sainted)

  1. (transitive) To canonize, to formally recognize someone as a saint.
    Many wish to see Pope John Paul II sainted immediately.
  • IPA: /seɪnt/
    • compound names in RP : IPA: /sənt/ (unstressed)

saint (plural saints)

  1. A title given to a saint, often prefixed to the person's name.
    "Saint Stephen was the first martyr."
  2. (sports) someone connected with any of the sports teams known as the Saints, as a fan, player, coach etc.
  3. (UK, rail transport) Saint class, a class of steam locomotives used on the GWR.
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