• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Sacrist A sacristan; also, a person retained in a cathedral to copy out music for the choir, and take care of the books.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sacrist A sacristan: sometimes specifically restricted to an assistant sacristan.
    • n sacrist A person retained in a cathedral to copy out music for the choir and take care of the books.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sacrist sā′krist a sacristan: a person in a cathedral who copies out music for the choir and takes care of the books
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. sacrista,. See Sacristan
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Low L. sacristia, a vestry, sacristanus, sacrista, a sacristan—L. sacer.


In literature:

It is that gray lean wolf of a sacrist who hungers for our land.
"Sir Nigel" by Arthur Conan Doyle
How often he had helped the child and heard her father call her "his little sacrist"!
"Barbara Blomberg, Complete" by Georg Ebers
The Sacrist follows him, and Walter Fuerst.
"Wilhelm Tell" by Friedrich Schiller
He was a monk of the house, and while sacrist had erected the Bell-tower and given two bells.
"The Cathedral Church of Peterborough" by W.D. Sweeting
In 1321 the first stone of the lady-chapel was laid by Alan de Walsingham, the sub-prior, afterwards sacrist.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Ely" by W. D. Sweeting
The "whole choir" was, we read, rebuilt by William de Hoo, the sacrist, with the offerings at St. William's tomb.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Rochester" by G. H. Palmer
The keeper is to receive from the sacrist an annual salary of ten pounds, and four yards of woollen cloth to make him a gown and hood.
"The Care of Books" by John Willis Clark
Wulfruna's foundation consisted of a dean, eight prebendaries or canons, and a sacrist.
"The Annals of Willenhall" by Frederick William Hackwood
I acquaint Mr. Sacrist Schmidt, 2ndly, that those who want to be kept warm may buy wood.
"Literary Byways" by William Andrews
Our parlour was destroyed, and it was given in charge to William the sacrist, will he, nill he, that he should restore it.
"The Chronicle of Jocelin of Brakelond: A Picture of Monastic Life in the Days of Abbot Samson" by Jocelin de Brakelond