from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A room in a church housing the sacred vessels and vestments; a vestry.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A room in a church where sacred vessels, books, vestments, etc. are kept. Sometimes also used by clergy to prepare for worship or for meetings.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An apartment in a church where the sacred utensils, vestments, etc., are kept; a vestry.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An apartment in or a building connected with a church or monastery, in which the sacred utensils are kept and the vestments used by the officiating clergymen or priests are deposited; the vestry.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a room in a church where sacred vessels and vestments are kept or meetings are held


Middle English sacristie, from Anglo-Norman, from Medieval Latin sacristia, from sacrista, sacristan; see sacristan.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin sacristia (Wiktionary)



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