santon

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French santon, from Spanish santón.

Noun[edit]

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santon (plural santons)

  1. A Muslim holy man.
    • 1818, John Keats, "To J. H. Reynolds, Esq.":
      Part of the building was a chosen see, / Built by a banished santon of Chaldee [...].
  2. In France (originally Provence), a small, hand-painted, terracotta figurine of a nativity character.
    • 1974, Lawrence Durrell, Monsieur, Faber & Faber 1992, p. 49:
      Also we had brought a huge family of little santons of painted terracotta for the crêche.

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