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"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)

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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)
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