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Crispin

[kris-pin] /ˈkrɪs pɪn/
noun
1.
Saint, with his brother (Saint Crispinian) martyred a.d. c285, Roman Christian missionaries in Gaul: patron saints of shoemakers.
2.
(lowercase) a shoemaker.
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  • Turcaret and Crispin are to be found in all collected editions of the French drama.

  • Crispin laughed softly for answer, and besought of him the tale of what had passed.

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  • Sir Crispin walked from the window by which he had been standing, to the rough bed, and flung himself full length upon it.

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  • "It will tax our wits to get you out of Penrith," said Crispin.

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  • Captain Crispin was not mentioned; much less of course, so far as Laura was concerned, was he seen.

  • Crispin saw this, and approaching him, he laid a hand upon his shoulder.

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  • Through the long October night Crispin and Hogan sat on, and neither sought his bed.

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  • While he was still urging them, Crispin unceremoniously seized his bridle.

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  • With a tolerant smile, and the shrug of a man to whom twenty-five or a hundred are of like account, Crispin consented.

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  • But Crispin laughed grimly for answer, and kept the officer in check with his point.

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British Dictionary definitions for Crispin

Crispin

/ˈkrɪspɪn/
noun
1.
Saint, 3rd century ad, legendary Roman Christian martyr, with his brother Crispinian (krɪˈspɪnɪən): they are the patron saints of shoemakers. Feast day: Oct 25
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Word Origin and History for Crispin

crispin

n.

1640s, "shoemaker," in literary use only, from Ss. Crispin and Crispinian (martyred at Soissons, c.285 C.E.), patrons of shoemakers. French hagiographers make the brothers noble Romans who, while they preached in Gaul, worked as shoemakers to avoid living on the alms of the faithful. The name is Crispinus, a Roman cognomen, from Latin crispus "curly" (probably with reference to hair; see crisp).

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