sextain (1311)

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sextain (1311)


[ FEW: *11,32a sacer; Gdf: ; GdfC: ; TL: ; DEAF:  secrestain (*); DMF: ; TLF: ; OED:  sexton n.; MED:  sextein(e n.; DMLBS: 3060a sextanus ]
sextayn,  sextein;  sextone,  sextoun  

The OED etymology (Third Edition, 2008) suggest that the word is probably a Middle English development of Anglo-Norman segrestein (Latin sacristanus), which in turn was borrowed back into Latin (sextanus) and Anglo-Norman (sextain).


1 eccl. occupation sexton, sacristan, officer who is responsible for the maintenance of a parish church and its contents
( 1311 )  La ou homme graunt eglise par assent de patron il y ad sextoun fet de moytez le patron presentera a resoun moyté  Ed II xi 65
( 1379 )  [...] et voille qe lez .ij. serges avantditz soient donez, aprés la servyse fyneez, al sextayn dez ditz freres  4
( 1428 )  jeo lise a priour et sextain de mesme le lieu [...] .c. li.  ii 382
segrestein  segresteine  segresteinerie  segrestie 
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