sanbenito

noun
san·​be·​ni·​to | \ ˌsan-bə-ˈnē-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce sanbenito (audio) , ˌsam- \
plural sanbenitos

Definition of sanbenito

1 : a sackcloth coat worn by penitents on being reconciled to the church
2 : a Spanish Inquisition garment resembling a scapular and being either yellow with red crosses for the penitent or black with painted devils and flames for the impenitent condemned to an auto-da-fé

First Known Use of sanbenito

circa 1560, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sanbenito

Spanish sambenito, from San Benito St. Benedict of Nursia

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The first known use of sanbenito was circa 1560

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“Sanbenito.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sanbenito. Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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San Benito geographical name

San Be·​ni·​to | \ ˌsan-bə-ˈnē-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce San Benito (audio) \

Definition of San Benito

city in southernmost Texas northwest of Brownsville population 24,250

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