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Santa Klaus

[san-tuh klawz] /ˈsæn tə ˌklɔz/

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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Examples from the Web for Santa Klaus
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  • You must not think she leaves handsome gifts such as Santa Klaus brings for you.

  • As he climbed up the staircase this night, his little head was full of the idea of Santa Klaus.

  • Christmas also passed by, and Santa Klaus sent joy to the hearts of myriads of children with his mysterious gifts.

    Baron Bruno Louisa Morgan
  • Many a time I've heard them before and seen Santa Klaus hurrying along to visit every house in the court.

  • He is like Santa Klaus in this, that he moves very quickly and can make visits in one night all over the world.

  • Santa Klaus did not visit the court as often as he used, nor did he bring such fine presents with him.

  • It was astonishing how it ever came out of Santa Klaus' pocket and still more astonishing how it could get into the stocking.

  • "It was no one's fault but my own," said Santa Klaus as he dusted the remains of soot and plaster off his brown cloak.

    Soap-Bubble Stories Fanny Barry
  • Tita had inspected her ribbons demurely, and wondered how Santa Klaus knew her favorite colors so well.

    Anne Constance Fenimore Woolson
British Dictionary definitions for Santa Klaus

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 Klaus

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 Klaus

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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