Santa Claus

Santa Claus

[san-tuh klawz]
noun
a benevolent figure of legend, associated with Saint Nicholas, supposed to bring gifts to children on Christmas Eve.


Origin:
1765–75, Americanism; < Dutch Sinterklaas, equivalent to sint saint + heer (myn)heer + Klaas, short for Niklaas nicholas

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Santa Claus (ˈsæntə ˌklɔːz)
 
n
Often shortened to: Santa, Also called: Father Christmas 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

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