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Francis Xavier

noun

Xavier

[zey-vee-er, zav-ee-, zey-vyer] /ˈzeɪ vi ər, ˈzæv i-, ˈzeɪ vyər/
noun
1.
Saint Francis (Francisco Javier"the Apostle of the Indies") 1506–52, Spanish Jesuit missionary, especially in India and Japan.
2.
a male given name: from an Arabic word meaning “bright.”.
Related forms
Xaverian
[zey-veer-ee-uh n, za-] /zeɪˈvɪər i ən, zæ-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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  • Most conspicuous among them was Francis Xavier, who will ever be the wonder of history.

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  • As the spring ripened into summer, ambitious thoughts flowered in Père Francis Xavier's soul.

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  • The latter, however, falling ill—so it is affirmed—Francis Xavier was appointed in his place.

  • But at this initial point of his course we must take leave of Francis Xavier—the prince of missionaries.

  • It was part of Francis Xavier Glynns plan to have the hotel boys report hourly on any unusual happening.

British Dictionary definitions for Francis Xavier

Francis Xavier

/ˈzeɪvɪə/
noun
1.
Saint Francis Xavier, See Xavier

Xavier

/ˈzeɪvɪə; ˈzæv-; Spanish xaˈβjɛr/
noun
1.
Saint Francis, known as the Apostle of the Indies. 1506–52, Spanish missionary, who was a founding member of the Jesuit society (1534) and later preached in Goa, Ceylon, the East Indies, and Japan. Feast day: Dec 3
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