from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Crispin, Saint Third century A.D. Roman shoemaker who with his brother Saint Crispinian sought to spread Christianity and was martyred.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A male given name.
  • proper n. A Roman shoemaker, martyr and saint (brother of Crispinian); patron saint of cobblers and tanners.
  • n. A shoemaker.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A shoemaker; -- jocularly so called from the patron saint of the craft.
  • n. A member of a union or association of shoemakers.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A shoemaker: a familiar name, used in allusion to Crispin or Crispinus, the patron saint of the craft. Specifically
  • n. A member of the shoemakers' trade-union called the Knights of St. Crispin. - st Crispin's day, October 25th.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. patron saint of shoemakers; he and his brother were martyred for trying to spread Christianity (3rd century)


Latin Crispinus, derivative of the Roman family name Crispus "curly". (Wiktionary)


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