- Saint, with his brother (Saint Crispinian) martyred a.d. c285, Roman Christian missionaries in Gaul: patron saints of shoemakers.
- (lowercase) a shoemaker.
Examples from the Web for crispin
Historical Examples of crispin
Towards midnight at last Sir Crispin flung down his cards and rose.
Crispin paused a moment, weighing the position well in his mind.
Covered with blood—the blood of others—Crispin stood before them now.
At length Crispin withdrew his hands from eyes that were grown haggard, and rose.
But Crispin, noting the hesitation, stifled it by appealing to the lad's fears.
- Saint, 3rd century ad, legendary Roman Christian martyr, with his brother Crispinian (krɪˈspɪnɪən): they are the patron saints of shoemakers. Feast day: Oct 25
Word Origin and History for crispin
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).