san·​to ˈsän-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce santo (audio)
plural santos
: a painted or carved wooden image of a saint common especially in Mexico and the southwestern U.S.

Word History


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

First Known Use

1834, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of santo was in 1834

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Cite this Entry

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

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