Saint Bernard


Saint Ber·​nard -bər-ˈnärd How to pronounce Saint Bernard (audio)
variants or St. Bernard
: any of a Swiss alpine breed of tall powerful working dogs used especially formerly in aiding lost travelers

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Examples of Saint Bernard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As the author waited for his motorcycle to get fixed, a Saint Bernard lunged at him, leading him to write of a mother and son who are being stalked by their own rabid dog. Carly Tagen-Dye, Peoplemag, 5 Apr. 2024 The University of Wisconsin goaltender's name naturally fit with the rabid Saint Bernard popularized in a Stephen King novel. Journal Sentinel, 27 Jan. 2024 These walking barrels grow up to four feet long and can weigh as much as a Saint Bernard dog. Katie Liu, Discover Magazine, 22 Nov. 2023 Politics in this town of about 63,000, once a bastion for Republican moderates, have gotten complicated in recent years, with Trumpian Republicanism emerging like a wet Saint Bernard galumphing through a staid garden party. Dan Barry, New York Times, 23 Oct. 2023 In her previous home (shown here), that task involved choosing furnishings and surfaces to accommodate a pack: Haddock, a Brussels griffon; Winnie Cooper, a Great Dane; and Clyde, a Great Dane and Saint Bernard mix. Kit Selzer, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 Aug. 2023 The female Saint Bernard held the record for five years, and died in November 2021. Jack Guy, CNN, 6 June 2023 The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch (Beaver Creek, Colorado) Bachelor, a Saint Bernard, and Scout, a Bernese mountain dog run the show at this giant log cabin resort etched into the mountains near Vail. Krista Simmons, Sunset Magazine, 18 May 2023 German Shepherd Spotted Alone in the Rain Clutching Stuffed Animal Is Rescued with Her Toy Two years ago, a Saint Bernard dog named Daisy was also rescued from Scafell Pike after collapsing during her descent. Kimberlee Speakman, Peoplemag, 17 May 2023

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Word History


the hospice of Grand St. Bernard, where such dogs were first bred

First Known Use

1839, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Saint Bernard was in 1839

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“Saint Bernard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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Saint Bernard

Saint Ber·​nard ˌsānt-bər-ˈnärd How to pronounce Saint Bernard (audio)
: any of a breed of large powerful dogs developed in the Swiss Alps and formerly used in aiding lost travelers

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