One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(chiefly in Provence) a figurine adorning a representation of the manger in which Jesus was laid.
abstainer, recluse, hermit, solitary, anchorite, anchoress, desert saint, celibate, puritan, nun, monkView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Some people collect santons indiscriminately, others form groupings based on size or vocation.’
- ‘There are treasures to take home, such as santons, little Provençal figures of bakers and farmers that go into a French crèche.’
- ‘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.’
French, from Spanish, from santo ‘saint’.
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