santon

1 of 2

noun (1)

san·​ton
ˈsantᵊ,
-tən
plural -s
: a saint in Muslim countries : a dervish regarded by the people as a saint

santon

2 of 2

noun (2)

san·​ton
säⁿtōⁿ
plural -s
: a small clay image from southern France that is used in a Christmas crèche

Word History

Etymology

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/santon. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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