from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Christianity A person officially recognized, especially by canonization, as being entitled to public veneration and capable of interceding for people on earth.
- n. A person who has died and gone to heaven.
- n. A member of any of various religious groups, especially a Latter-Day Saint.
- n. An extremely virtuous person.
- transitive v. To name, recognize, or venerate as a saint; canonize.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A person to whom a church or another religious group has officially attributed the title of "saint".
- n. A person with positive qualities.
- n. One who is sanctified or made holy; a person who is separated unto God’s service.
- v. To canonize, to formally recognize someone as a saint.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A person sanctified; a holy or godly person; one eminent for piety and virtue; any true Christian, as being redeemed and consecrated to God.
- n. One of the blessed in heaven.
- n. One canonized by the church.
- transitive v. 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).
- intransitive v. To act or live as a saint.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Holy; sacred: only in attributive use, and now only before proper names, as Saint John, Saint Paul, Saint Augustine, or quasi-proper names, as Saint Saviour, Saint Sophia (Holy Wisdom), Saint Cross, Saint Sepulcher (in names of churches), where it is usually regarded as a noun appositive, a quasi-title. See II., 3.
- n. One who has been consecrated or set a part to the service of God: applied in the Old Testament to the Israelites as a people (Ps. cxxxii. 9; compare Num. xvi. 3), and in the New Testament to all members of the Christian churches (2 Cor. i. 1).
- n. One who is pure and upright in heart and life; hence, in Scriptural and Christian usage, one who has been regenerated and sanctified by the Spirit of God; one of the redeemed: applied to them both in their earthly and in their heavenly state; also used of persons of other religions: as, a Buddhist saint.
- n. One who is eminent for consecration, holiness, and piety in life and character; specifically, one who is generally or officially recognized as an example of holiness of life, and to whose name it is customary to prefix Saint (abbreviated St. or S.) as a title.
- n. An angel.
- n. One of the blessed dead: distinguished from the angels, who are superhuman beings.
- n. An image of a saint.
- n. A North American shrub, Ascyrum Crux Andreæ.
- n. Erysipelas.
- n. A Bordeaux wine, especially red, of medium quality.
- n. A red wine grown near Poitiers.
- n. The ergot of rye (Claviceps purpurea). See ergot for figure and description.
- n. A red wine produced in the neighborhood of the Rhone, not often exported.
- n. Tinea.
- n. Measles of the hog. See Trichina, trichinosis.
- n. Insanity.
- n. The garfish, Belone belone or B. vulgaris.
- n. In later books, the European Hypericum quadrangulum.
- n. Perhaps transferred from the last, the American genns Ascyrum, especially A. stans.
- n. The snowberry, Symphoricarpos.
- n. A white wine produced in the department of Gironde, in the neighborhood of St. Emilion.
- To number or enroll among saints officially; canonize.
- To salute as a saint.
- To act piously or with a show of piety; play the saint: sometimes with an indefinite it.
- n. An old game: same as cent, 4.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. hold sacred
- n. a person who has died and has been declared a saint by canonization
- v. declare (a dead person) to be a saint
- n. model of excellence or perfection of a kind; one having no equal
- n. person of exceptional holiness
Middle English seint, from Old French saint, from Late Latin sānctus, from Latin, holy, past participle of sancīre, to consecrate.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English saint, from Old French saint (Modern French saint), from Latin sanctus ("holy, consecrated, in Late Latin as a noun a saint"), past participle of sancire ("to render sacred, make holy"), akin to sacer ("holy, sacred"). (Wiktionary)