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[kris-tuh-fer] /ˈkrɪs tə fər/
Saint, died a.d. c250, Christian martyr.
a male given name: from a Greek word meaning “Christ-bearer.”. Unabridged
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  • You made me believe you loved my Christopher, too; and now you have spoiled all.

    A Simpleton Charles Reade
  • "You are quite right: there's not a doubt of it," answered Mr. Christopher.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • Christopher was fourteen years old when he first went to sea.

  • "Now let us fasten up the door I came in by," said Christopher.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • The next day Christopher Straight was called into the conference.

British Dictionary definitions for Christopher


Saint. 3rd century ad, Christian martyr; patron saint of travellers
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Word Origin and History for Christopher

masc. proper name, Church Latin Christophoros, from Ecclesiastical Greek khristophoros, literally "Christ-bearing;" from phoros "bearer," from pherein "to carry" (see infer). 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). Not a common name in medieval England.

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Christopher in Culture

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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