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Crispin

[kris-pin]
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noun
  1. Saint, with his brother (Saint Crispinian) martyred a.d. c285, Roman Christian missionaries in Gaul: patron saints of shoemakers.
  2. (lowercase) a shoemaker.
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Related Words for crispin

cobbler, crispin, cordwainer

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Historical Examples of crispin

  • Towards midnight at last Sir Crispin flung down his cards and rose.

    The Tavern Knight

    Rafael Sabatini

  • Crispin paused a moment, weighing the position well in his mind.

    The Tavern Knight

    Rafael Sabatini

  • Covered with blood—the blood of others—Crispin stood before them now.

    The Tavern Knight

    Rafael Sabatini

  • At length Crispin withdrew his hands from eyes that were grown haggard, and rose.

    The Tavern Knight

    Rafael Sabatini

  • But Crispin, noting the hesitation, stifled it by appealing to the lad's fears.

    The Tavern Knight

    Rafael Sabatini


British Dictionary definitions for crispin

Crispin

noun
  1. Saint, 3rd century ad, legendary Roman Christian martyr, with his brother Crispinian (krɪˈspɪnɪən): they are the patron saints of shoemakers. Feast day: Oct 25
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Word Origin and History for crispin

n.

1640s, "shoemaker," in literary use only, from Ss. Crispin and Crispinian (martyred at Soissons, c.285 C.E.), patrons of shoemakers. French hagiographers make the brothers noble Romans who, while they preached in Gaul, worked as shoemakers to avoid living on the alms of the faithful. The name is Crispinus, a Roman cognomen, from Latin crispus "curly" (probably with reference to hair; see crisp).

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