Meaning of “saint” in the English Dictionary

"saint" in British English

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saintnoun

uk /seɪnt/ /sənt/ us /seɪnt/ /sənt/

C1 [ C ] written abbreviation St (the title given to) a person who has received an official honour from the Christian, especially the Roman Catholic, Church for having lived in a good and holy way. The names of saints are sometimes used to name places and buildings:

Saint Peter
St Andrew's school
Saint Paul's Cathedral

[ C usually singular ] a very good, kind person:

She must be a real saint to stay with him all these years.
He has the patience of a saint with those kids.

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  • Saint John
  • Saint Andrew
  • St Philips Rd
  • a martyred saint
  • These bones are the relics of a 12th-century saint.
sainthood
noun [ U ] uk /ˈseɪnt.hʊd/ us /ˈseɪnt.hʊd/
saintliness
noun [ U ] uk /ˈseɪnt.li.nəs/ us /ˈseɪnt.li.nəs/
saintly
adjective uk /ˈseɪnt.li/ us /ˈseɪnt.li/

Her saintly manner concealed a devious mind.

(Definition of “saint” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"saint" in American English

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saintnoun [ C ]

us /seɪnt/ abbreviation St.

a holy person, esp. one who has been officially honored with this title by a Christian church:

Elizabeth Seton was the first person born in the US to be made a saint by the Roman Catholic Church.

A saint is also a good, kind, and patient person:

His mother was a saint to everyone who knew her.

(Definition of “saint” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)