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Kriss Kringle

[kris kring-guh l] /ˈkrɪs ˈkrɪŋ gəl/
noun
Origin of Kriss Kringle
alteration, by folk etymology, of German Christkindl little Christ child, equivalent to Christ Christ + kind child + -l diminutive suffix
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  • It is Christmas week and the air is redolent with the suggestions of good things to come and visions of Kriss Kringle.

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Kriss Kringle

/ˌkrɪs ˈkrɪŋɡəl/
noun
1.
(mainly US) another name for Santa Claus
Word Origin
changed from German Christkindl little Christ child, from Christ + Kindl, from Kind child
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Word Origin and History for Kriss Kringle

1830, Christ-kinkle (in a Pennsylvania German context, and as a reminiscence of times past, so probably at least a generation older in that setting), from German Christkindlein, Christkind'l "Christ child." Properly Baby Jesus, not Santa Claus.

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