christopher, st.

Christopher

[kris-tuh-fer]
noun
1.
Saint, died a.d. c250, Christian martyr.
2.
a male given name: from a Greek word meaning “Christ-bearer.”
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Christopher (ˈkrɪstəfə)
 
n
Saint. 3rd century ad, Christian martyr; patron saint of travellers

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Christopher
masc. proper name, lit. "Christ-bearing." In medieval legend he was a giant (one of the rare virtuous ones) who aided travellers by carrying them across a river. Medallions with his image worn by travellers are known from the Middle Ages (e.g. Chaucer's Yeoman).
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Christopher definition


A Christian saint (though no longer listed by the Catholic Church in the Calendar of Saints). Jesus appeared to him as a little child whom Christopher carried across a stream. Christopher means “Christ-bearer.”

Note: Christopher is the patron saint of travelers.
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