Definition of sacristy in English:



  • A room in a church where a priest prepares for a service, and where vestments and articles of worship are kept.

    • ‘Envelopes are also available from the church sacristy.’
    • ‘The sacristians Sr. Cecelia and Sr were in the sacristy to see all was in order, vestments laid out, candles lit, cruets filled with water and wine.’
    • ‘Fr. Dillon PP was thanked for allowing the branch to use the Church sacristy for meetings.’
    • ‘Registration forms for persons who have recently come to live in the parish are available in the sacristies of both churches after Masses.’
    • ‘He is first documented in Toledo in 1577, at work on the Disrobing of Christ, a large canvas for the sacristy of its cathedral.’
    • ‘The new improvements which will be built at the sacristy side of the church will also include ladies and gents toilets.’
    • ‘I wanted to talk to somebody about God, and sometimes I'd imagine meeting with the priest in his dark office beyond the sacristy.’
    • ‘Vestments and church furnishings were thrown about in the sacristy, and attempts were made to force open the safe.’
    • ‘To the right, a stair leads up to the choir gallery over the sacristy and priest's office.’
    • ‘In the sacristy to Prague Cathedral, Peter Parler had used a similar technique.’
    • ‘For example, engineers needed to know the weak points of the sacristy in order to design a support structure.’
    • ‘Those who may wish to join the choir are more than welcome and can still do so by calling into the church sacristy or contacting any of the parish priests.’
    • ‘Gerard Byrne said the men forced their way in at the back of the church, breaking through two doors to get into the sacristy.’
    • ‘An introductory meeting will be held in the sacristy of the Parish Church, tonight Tuesday 1st October at 8.00 pm, and all are welcome.’
    • ‘A meeting to commence a branch of the Legion of Mary in the area took place in the sacristy in Kilglass Church on Wednesday night last.’
    • ‘He would come up behind them as they hung their vestments in the sacristy closet.’
    • ‘We discussed the service as I vested, then waited in the sacristy for the sound of feet on the chapel floor.’
    • ‘A meeting of the local Pioneer Council will take place tomorrow night Wednesday 22nd January at 8.30 pm in the sacristy of the Parish Church.’
    • ‘‘It's not your fault,’ I said as two altar servers crossed the tile and a priest slid out from the sacristy.’
    • ‘Three youths were seen in the sacristy area of the church around that time.’


Late Middle English: from French sacristie, from medieval Latin sacristia, based on Latin sacer, sacr- ‘sacred’.