santo

noun
san·​to | \ ˈsän-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce santo (audio) \
plural santos

Definition of santo

: a painted or carved wooden image of a saint common especially in Mexico and the southwestern U.S.

First Known Use of santo

1834, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for santo

Spanish, literally, saint, from Late Latin sanctus — more at saint

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“Santo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/santo. Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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