Folklore a fat, white-bearded, jolly old man in a red suit, who lives at the North Pole, makes toys for children, and distributes gifts at Christmastime
also called Father Christmas, Saint Nicholas, Saint Nick
Origin of Santa Claus; from Dutch dialect, dialectal Sinterklaas, Sante Klaas ; from Sant Nikolaas, Saint Nicholas
The personification of the spirit of Christmas, usually represented as a jolly fat old man with a white beard and a red suit, who brings gifts to good children on Christmas Eve.
Origin of Santa ClausProbably alteration of Dutch Sinterklaas, from Middle Dutch Sinterclaes, St. Nicholas : sint, saint (from Middle Dutch, from Old French saint; see saint) + heer, lord; see Mynheer + claes (short for Niclaes, Nicholas).