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

  • Xavier, Saint Francis 1506-1552. Spanish Jesuit missionary. A cofounder of the Jesuit order (1534) with Ignatius of Loyola, he established missionaries in Japan, Ceylon, and the East Indies.

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  • proper n. A male given name.

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  • n. Spanish missionary and Jesuit who establish missionaries in Japan and Ceylon and the East Indies (1506-1552)


Toponymic surname of a sixteenth century saint born in the Kingdom of Navarre (now partially placed in Spain), Francis de Xavier, from a place name in the Kingdom of Navarre Navarre, originally Basque etxeberria ("the new house"). (Wiktionary)



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