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Webster 1913 Edition


Santon


San′ton

,
Noun.
[Sp.
santon
, augmented fr.
santo
holy, L.
sanctus
.]
A Turkish saint; a kind of dervish, regarded by the people as a saint: also, a hermit.

Webster 1828 Edition


Santon

SANT'ON

,
Noun.
A Turkish priest; a kind of dervis, regarded by the vulgar as a saint.

Definition 2022


santon

santon

English

Noun

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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