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Nicholas

[nik-uh-luh s, nik-luh s] /ˈnɪk ə ləs, ˈnɪk ləs/
noun
1.
of Cusa
[kyoo-zuh] /ˈkyu zə/ (Show IPA),
1401–1464, German cardinal, mathematician, and philosopher.
2.
Grand Duke, 1856–1929, Russian general in World War I.
3.
Saint, flourished 4th century a.d, bishop in Asia Minor: patron saint of Russia; protector of children and prototype of the legendary Santa Claus.
4.
a male given name: from Greek words meaning “victory” and “people.”.
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Nicholas

/ˈnɪkələs/
noun
1.
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 See also Santa Claus
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Word Origin and History for of c nicholas
Nicholas
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.
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