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



    BrE BrE//ˈsækrəmənt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsækrəmənt//
    (in Christianity) Religious ceremonies
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  1. 1[countable] an important religious ceremony such as marriage, baptism or Communion See related entries: Religious ceremonies
  2. 2the sacrament [singular] the bread and wine that are eaten and drunk during the service of Communion to receive the sacrament
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French sacrement, from Latin sacramentum ‘solemn oath’ (from sacrare ‘to consecrate’, from sacer ‘sacred’), used in Christian Latin as a translation of Greek mustērion ‘mystery’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: sacrament