noun (1)
san·​ton | \ ˈsantᵊ, -tən \
plural -s

Definition of santon

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a saint in Muslim countries : a dervish regarded by the people as a saint


noun (2)
san·​ton | \ säⁿtōⁿ \
plural -s

Definition of santon (Entry 2 of 2)

: a small clay image from southern France that is used in a Christmas crèche

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History and Etymology for santon

Noun (1)

French, from Spanish santón, augmentative of santo saint

Noun (2)

French, from Provençal santoun, literally, little saint, from sant saint, from Late Latin sanctus saint, from Latin, holy

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“Santon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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