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 Clausfrom 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 )