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Saint Bernard

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  1. St. Bernard(def 3).

St. Bernard

[seynt ber-nahrd; for 1, 2 also French san ber-nar]
noun
  1. Great, a mountain pass between SW Switzerland and NW Italy, in the Pennine Alps: Napoleon led his army through it in 1800; location of a hospice. 8108 feet (2470 meters) high.
  2. Little, a mountain pass between SE France and NW Italy, in the Alps, S of Mont Blanc. 7177 feet (2185 meters) high.
  3. one of a breed of very large dogs having a massive head and a dense coat, bred in the Swiss Alps as guide dogs and used to rescue lost, snowbound travelers.
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Examples from the Web for saint bernard

Historical Examples

  • The fifty thousand francs you sent to the Saint-Bernard fathers.

    The Companions of Jehu

    Alexandre Dumas, pre

  • The fathers of Saint-Bernard were awaiting them on the summit.

    The Companions of Jehu

    Alexandre Dumas, pre

  • In crossing the Saint-Bernard or the Balkan, other calculations would doubtless be necessary.

    The Art of War

    Baron Henri de Jomini

  • He crossed the peak of the Saint-Bernard without baggage or artillery, and took possession of Chtillon.

    The Companions of Jehu

    Alexandre Dumas, pre


British Dictionary definitions for saint bernard

Saint Bernard

noun usually abbreviated to: St Bernard
  1. a large breed of dog with a dense red-and-white coat, formerly used as a rescue dog in mountainous areas

Word Origin

C19: so called because they were kept by the monks of the hospice at the Great Saint Bernard Pass
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