santo

[ san-toh, sahn-; Spanish sahn-taw ]
/ ˈsæn toʊ, ˈsɑn-; Spanish ˈsɑn tɔ /
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noun, plural san·tos [san-tohz, sahn-; Spanish sahn-taws] /ˈsæn toʊz, ˈsɑn-; Spanish ˈsɑn tɔs/.

a carved figure of a saint, usually of wood, as from Puerto Rico, Mexico, or the southwestern U.S.

Origin of santo

1630–40, for an earlier sense; < American Spanish, Spanish: literally, saint < Latin sānctus
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