A mosaic of Saint Nicholas.
a masculine name: dim. Nick; equiv. L. Nicolaus, Fr. & Sp. Nicolas, Ger. Nikolaus, It. Niccolo, Russ. Nikolai
Origin of NicholasMiddle English ; from Old French Nicolas ; from Classical Latin Nicolaus ; from Classical Greek Nikolaos ; from nikē, victory + laos, the people
- Nicholas, Saint (4th cent. ); bishop of Myra: patron saint of Russia, of Greece, & of young people, sailors, etc.: his day is Dec. 6
- ( 800?-867); pope (858-867): his day is Nov. 13: called the Great
- 1796-1855; czar of Russia (1825-55)
- 1868-1918; last czar of Russia (1894-1917); forced to abdicate; executed
, Saint Fourth century AD.
Bishop of Myra in Asia Minor who is often associated with Santa Claus and the custom of gift giving at Christmas.