Definition of saint noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//seɪnt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//seɪnt//
    ; BrE BrE//snt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//snt//
    Religious people, Kind
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  1. 1 (abbreviation S, St) a person that the Christian Church recognizes as being very holy, because of the way they have lived or died St John St Valentine’s Day The children were all named after saints. see also patron saint, St Bernard See related entries: Religious people
  2. 2a very good, kind or patient person She's a saint to go on living with that man. His behaviour would try the patience of a saint. See related entries: Kind
  3. Word OriginMiddle English, from Old French seint, from Latin sanctus ‘holy’, past participle of sancire ‘consecrate’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: saint