Alternative spelling of Kris Kringle. Santa Claus.
Origin of kriss-kringle
- Alteration of German dialectal Christkindl Christmas present, the Christ child German Christ Christ (from Middle High German Krist) (from Old High German Krīst) (from Latin Chrīstus Christ) German dialectal Kindl (diminutive of German Kind child) (from Middle High German kint) (from Old High German kind genə- in Indo-European roots)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- German Christ Kinde or dialectal Christkindl, "Christ Child".