sexton

Part of speech: noun

Sextonship.

Part of speech: noun

A janitor of a church; formerly a grave digger.

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Usage examples "sexton":

  1. His eyes were keen, and the red pinks had gleamed from the straw on which the dying woman lay in the light of the lantern, whose long pole the sexton had thrust into the soft earth of the meadow. - "The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers", Georg Ebers.
  2. Here was a collection for the sexton; but it come into my head why we should be more bold in making the collection while the psalm is singing, than in the sermon or prayer. - "Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete Transcribed From The Shorthand Manuscript In The Pepysian Library Magdalene College Cambridge By The Rev. Mynors Bright", Samuel Pepys Commentator: Lord Braybrooke.
  3. Sol Mogg, the sexton of St. Anne's, had his beloved Gazette in his pocket as he tolled the church bell of a Thursday, and would hold forth on the rights and liberties of man with the carpenter who mended the steeple. - "Richard Carvel, Complete", Winston Churchill Last Updated: March 5, 2009.