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[san-tuh; for 2 also Spanish sahn-tah] /ˈsæn tə; for 2 also Spanish ˈsɑn tɑ/
a river in W central Peru, flowing NW into the Pacific Ocean. About 200 miles (322 km) long. Unabridged
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  • Santa Anna's command comprised at least twenty thousand Mexicans.

    The Nation in a Nutshell George Makepeace Towle
  • He it was who built the towns, even the chief town of Santa Fé.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • They had sided with Maudie and the others in their faith in Santa Claus.

    Miss Santa Claus of the Pullman Annie Fellows Johnston
  • It will be so much easiah fo' Santa Claus to get down these big chimneys.

    The Little Colonel Annie Fellows Johnston
  • Can it be Santa Claus himself come to see if it is all right?'

    Christmas Tree Land Mary Louisa Molesworth
British Dictionary definitions for Santa


(informal) short for Santa Claus
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Word Origin and History for Santa

1893 as a shortened form of Santa Claus.

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