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Santa Claus

or Santa Klaus

[san-tuh klawz] /ˈsæn tə ˌklɔz/
a benevolent figure of legend, associated with Saint Nicholas, supposed to bring gifts to children on Christmas Eve.
Origin of Santa Claus
1765-75, Americanism; < Dutch Sinterklaas, equivalent to sint saint + heer (myn)heer + Klaas, short for Niklaas nicholas Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • They had sided with Maudie and the others in their faith in Santa Claus.

    Miss Santa Claus of the Pullman Annie Fellows Johnston
  • "Santa Claus bring Margie a balloon from Daddy," she announced.

    Happy Days Alan Alexander Milne
  • Can it be Santa Claus himself come to see if it is all right?'

    Christmas Tree Land Mary Louisa Molesworth
  • Now Santa Claus spied Polychrome, and trotted over to where she stood.

    The Road to Oz L. Frank Baum
  • He carried her little lunch basket and whistled merrily when not engaged in telling her about Santa Claus.

    What's-His-Name George Barr McCutcheon
British Dictionary definitions for Santa Claus

Santa Claus

/ˈsæntə ˌklɔːz/
the legendary patron saint of children, commonly identified with Saint Nicholas, who brings presents to children on Christmas Eve or, in some European countries, on Saint Nicholas' Day Often shortened to Santa Also called Father Christmas
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Santa Claus

1773 (as St. A Claus, in "New York Gazette"), American English, from dialectal Dutch Sante Klaas, from Middle Dutch Sinter Niklaas "Saint Nicholas," bishop of Asia Minor who became a patron saint for children. Now a worldwide phenomenon (e.g. Japanese santakurosu).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for Santa Claus

Santa Claus

noun phrase

  1. A check pilot who is very lenient and agreeable on a pilot check flight (1970s+ Airline)
  2. A male donor or benefactor; a very generous man: What the orphanage needed was a Santa Claus to pay the debts (1970s+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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