saints Definition

  • 1a person acknowledged as holy or virtuous and typically regarded as being in heaven after death
  • 2a member of the Church who has been recognized for having an exceptional degree of holiness or likeness to God

Using saints: Examples

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

  • Example

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

  • Example

    The church celebrates All Saints' Day on November 1st.

  • Example

    Many people pray to saints for intercession.

  • Example

    She was named after Saint Teresa.

saints Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for saints

  • apostles
  • holy persons
  • blessed ones
  • martyrs
  • evangelists

Phrases with saints

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


    St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland.

  • saints and sinners

    all people, regardless of their moral character


    In the end, we are all just saints and sinners.

  • an exclamation of surprise, shock, or fear


    Saints preserve us! That was a close call.

Origins of saints

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


Summary: saints in Brief

'Saints' [seษชnts] are individuals recognized by the Church for their exceptional degree of holiness or likeness to God. They are often prayed to for intercession and celebrated on All Saints' Day. 'Saints' also includes phrases like 'patron saint,' referring to a saint's special guardianship, and 'saints and sinners,' which denotes all people regardless of their moral character.