saint Definition

  • 1a person recognized as having an exceptional degree of holiness or likeness to God
  • 2a person of great virtue and goodness

Using saint: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "saint" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    St. Francis of Assisi is a well-known saint.

  • Example

    She was a saint who devoted her life to helping others.

  • Example

    He was a saintly man who always put others first.

saint Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for saint

Antonyms for saint

Phrases with saint

  • a saint regarded as the special guardian of a particular person, group, trade, country, or region


    St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland.

  • to treat someone as if they are perfect and without fault


    She always makes a saint of her children, even when they misbehave.

  • a martyr and a saint

    someone who suffers greatly for a cause or belief and is revered for their sacrifice


    Joan of Arc is remembered as both a martyr and a saint.

Origins of saint

from Old French 'saint', from Latin 'sanctus', meaning 'holy'


Summary: saint in Brief

The term 'saint' [seɪnt] refers to a person recognized for their exceptional degree of holiness or virtue. It can be used to describe individuals like St. Francis of Assisi, who devoted their lives to helping others. 'Saint' also extends into phrases like 'patron saint,' denoting a special guardian, and 'make a saint of someone,' implying treating someone as perfect. The term is formal and often associated with religious contexts.

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