Christopher

[ kris-tuh-fer ]
/ ˈkrɪs tə fər /
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noun

Saint,died a.d. c250, Christian martyr.
a male given name: from a Greek word meaning “Christ-bearer.”

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British Dictionary definitions for christopher

Christopher

/ (ˈkrɪstəfə) /

noun

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for christopher

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.”

Note

Christopher is the patron saint of travelers.

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