Nicholas, Saint


[nik-uh-luhs, nik-luhs]
of Cusa [kyoo-zuh] , 1401–1464, German cardinal, mathematician, and philosopher. German Nikolaus von Cusa.
Grand Duke, 1856–1929, Russian general in World War I.
Saint, flourished 4th century a.d, bishop in Asia Minor: patron saint of Russia; protector of children and prototype of the legendary santa claus.
a male given name: from Greek words meaning “victory” and “people.” Unabridged

Nicholas I

Saint ("Nicholas the Great") died a.d. 867, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 858–867.
1796–1855, czar of Russia 1825–55. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To nicholas, saint
World English Dictionary
Nicholas (ˈnɪkələs)
See also Santa Claus Saint. 4th-century ad bishop of Myra, in Asia Minor; patron saint of Russia and of children, sailors, merchants, and pawnbrokers. Feast day: Dec 6

Nicholas I
1.  Saint, called the Great. died 867 ad, Italian ecclesiastic; pope (858--867). He championed papal supremacy. Feast day: Nov 13
2.  1796--1855, tsar of Russia (1825--55). He gained notoriety for his autocracy and his emphasis on military discipline and bureaucracy

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Word Origin & History

masc. proper name, from Gk. Nikholaos, lit. "victory-people," from nike "victory" + laos "people." The saint (obit. 326 C.E.) was a bishop of Myra in Lycia, patron of scholars, especially schoolboys. A popular given name in England in Middle Ages, as was the fem. form Nicolaa, corresponding to Fr. Nicole.
Colloquial Old Nick "the devil" is attested from 1643, evidently from the proper name, but for no certain reason.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
American Heritage
Cultural Dictionary

Nicholas, Saint definition

A Greek fourth-century bishop, Nicholas was known for his kindness. Santa Claus is an English version of his Dutch name, Sinter Klaas. Legends about him, stating that he gave presents in secret to persons in trouble, contributed to the traditions surrounding Santa Claus.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature