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Christopher

[kris-tuh-fer]
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

  • 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

  • "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


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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