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Christopher

[kris-tuh-fer]
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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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  • "You are quite right: there's not a doubt of it," answered Mr. Christopher.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

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

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • "I don't like talking about things before at least they are begun," answered Christopher.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • Christopher stood silent, as if brooding on what he had seen.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • "It goes into no lady's house, so far as I understand," said Christopher.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald


British Dictionary definitions for christopher

Christopher

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

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

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.”

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Note

Christopher is the patron saint of travelers.
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