Definition of santon in English:



  • (chiefly in Provence) a figurine adorning a representation of the manger in which Jesus was laid.

    • ‘These plays were essentially the santons brought to life, unfolding their misadventures as they bumbled their way to greet the baby Christ in the manger.’
    • ‘If you are here in December you must visit the Salon des Santonniers, where the carved wooden figures known as santons are made and sold.’
    • ‘There are treasures to take home, such as santons, little Provençal figures of bakers and farmers that go into a French crèche.’
    • ‘Some people collect santons indiscriminately, others form groupings based on size or vocation.’
    • ‘The santons, a folk tradition in southern France, were carved, modeled, and painted by local artisans out of everything from wood to red clay to bread dough.’


French, from Spanish, from santo saint.