[kris-tuh-fer] /ˈkrɪs tə fər/

Saint, died a.d. c250, Christian martyr.
a male given name: from a Greek word meaning “Christ-bearer.”.
Saint. 3rd century ad, Christian martyr; patron saint of travellers

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.

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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