Kriss Kringle

Kriss Kringle

[kris kring-guhl]
noun

Origin:
alteration, by folk etymology, of German Christkindl little Christ child, equivalent to Christ Christ + kind child + -l diminutive suffix

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Kriss Kringle (ˌkrɪs ˈkrɪŋɡəl)
 
n
chiefly (US) another name for Santa Claus
 
[changed from German Christkindl little Christ child, from Christ + Kindl, from Kind child]

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Kriss Kringle
1830, Christ-kinkle (in a Pennsylvania German context), from Ger. Christkindlein, Christkind'l "Christ child." Properly Baby Jesus, not Santa Claus.
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