(Chiefly in Provence) a figurine adorning a representation of the manger in which Jesus was laid.
- There are treasures to take home, such as santons, little Provençal figures of bakers and farmers that go into a French crèche.
- If you are here in December you must visit the Salon des Santonniers, where the carved wooden figures known as santons are made and sold.
- The santons, a folk tradition in southern France, were carved, modeled, and painted by local artisans out of everything from wood to red clay to bread dough.
French, from Spanish, from santo 'saint'.
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