Definition of santon in US English:



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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    abstainer, recluse, hermit, solitary, anchorite, anchoress, desert saint, celibate, puritan, nun, monk
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French, from Spanish, from santo ‘saint’.