from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A person officially recognized, especially by canonization, as being entitled to public veneration and capable of interceding for people on earth.
  • noun A person who has died and gone to heaven.
  • noun A member of any of various Christian groups, especially a Latter-Day Saint.
  • noun A person who is venerated for holiness in a non-Christian religious tradition.
  • noun An extremely virtuous person.
  • transitive verb To name, recognize, or venerate as a saint.
  • transitive verb To regard or venerate as extremely virtuous.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An old game: same as cent, 4.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • noun 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).
  • noun 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.
  • noun 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.
  • noun An angel.
  • noun One of the blessed dead: distinguished from the angels, who are superhuman beings.
  • noun An image of a saint.
  • noun A North American shrub, Ascyrum Crux Andreæ.
  • noun Erysipelas.
  • noun A Bordeaux wine, especially red, of medium quality.
  • noun A red wine grown near Poitiers.
  • noun The ergot of rye (Claviceps purpurea). See ergot for figure and description.
  • noun A red wine produced in the neighborhood of the Rhone, not often exported.
  • noun Tinea.
  • noun Measles of the hog. See Trichina, trichinosis.
  • noun Insanity.
  • noun The garfish, Belone belone or B. vulgaris.
  • noun In later books, the European Hypericum quadrangulum.
  • noun Perhaps transferred from the last, the American genns Ascyrum, especially A. stans.
  • noun The snowberry, Symphoricarpos.
  • noun A white wine produced in the department of Gironde, in the neighborhood of St. Emilion.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb 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).
  • transitive verb to act as a saint, or with a show of piety.
  • intransitive verb rare To act or live as a saint.
  • noun A person sanctified; a holy or godly person; one eminent for piety and virtue; any true Christian, as being redeemed and consecrated to God.
  • noun One of the blessed in heaven.
  • noun (Eccl.) One canonized by the church.
  • noun (Bot.) A low North American shrub (Ascyrum Crux-Andreæ, the petals of which have the form of a Saint Andrew's cross.
  • noun a T-shaped cross. See Illust. 6, under Cross.
  • noun the erysipelas; -- popularly so called because it was supposed to have been cured by the intercession of Saint Anthony.
  • noun (Bot.) the groundnut (Bunium flexuosum); -- so called because swine feed on it, and St. Anthony was once a swineherd.
  • noun (Bot.) the bulbous crowfoot, a favorite food of swine.
  • noun (Bot.) a kind of knapweed (Centaurea solstitialis) flowering on St. Barnabas's Day, June 11th.
  • noun (Zoöl.) a breed of large, handsome dogs celebrated for strength and sagacity, formerly bred chiefly at the Hospice of St. Bernard in Switzerland, but now common in Europe and America. There are two races, the smooth-haired and the rough-haired. See Illust. under Dog.
  • noun (Bot.) the plant love-in-a-mist. See under Love.
  • noun (Paleon.) the fossil joints of crinoid stems.
  • noun (Bot.) a heatherlike plant (Dabœcia polifolia), named from an Irish saint.
  • noun See under Distaff.


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

[Middle English seint, from Old French saint, from Late Latin sānctus, from Latin, holy, past participle of sancīre, to consecrate; see sak- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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").


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  • I like the structure of the WordNet definition. The first step to sainthood is plainly dying.

    October 2, 2008

  • n. The ergot of rye (Claviceps purpurea).
    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.

    August 11, 2015