Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A Muslim holy man.
  • n. In France (originally Provence), a small, hand-painted, terracotta figurine of a nativity character.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A Turkish saint; a kind of dervish, regarded by the people as a saint: also, a hermit.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Eastern countries, a kind of dervish or recluse, popularly regarded as a saint.

Etymologies

From French santon, from Spanish santón. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Not on the topic, but I bought a whole creche from that santon shop!!!

    fifille - French Word-A-Day

  • As a collector of Simone Jouglas santons, I would also like to hear more about the santon shop in your picture.

    fifille - French Word-A-Day

  • Not on the topic, but I bought a whole creche from that santon shop!

    fifille - French Word-A-Day

  • Photo of Seguret santon shop by Jacqui McCargar, one of our harvest sweethearts!

    French Word-A-Day:

  • Amid these careless warders glided the puny form of a little old Turk, poorly dressed like a marabout or santon of the desert — a sort of enthusiasts, who sometimes ventured into the camp of the Crusaders, though treated always with contumely, and often with violence.

    The Talisman

  • At his birth the astrologers, we are told, cast his horoscope according to Oriental custom, and pronounced it highly auspicious; and a santon predicted for him a glorious career.

    The Alhambra

  • He assembled an army in the city of Arjona, and, well knowing the peculiar character of the nation that he wished to control, proceeded to gain over to his interests a _santon_, a species of religious character highly venerated among the Moors.

    History of the Moors of Spain

  • To punish his impatience, Allah, said the santon, ` sent the Euphrates upon his farm, and he was destroyed with all his possessions, even by the granting of his own wishes. '

    The Talisman

  • ` ` This is tearing the veil from my thoughts rather than exposing your own, 'said the Grand Master; ` ` yet I will reply with a parable told to me by a santon of the desert.

    The Talisman

  • Amid these careless warders glided the puny form of a little old Turk, poorly dressed like a marabout or santon of the desert,

    The Talisman

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