Santa-claus meaning

săntə klôz
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.
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A city in Georgia, USA.
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(folklore, person, proper) 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.
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A mythological figure who traditionally is believed to bring presents to people (especially children) at Christmas time.
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A town in Indiana.
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Origin of santa-claus

  • Probably alteration of Dutch Sinterklaas from Middle Dutch Sinterclaes St. Nicholas sint saint (from Middle Dutch) (from Old French saint saint) heer lord Mynheer claes (short for Niclaes Nicholas)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From the Dutch folk tale of Sinterklaas based on the historical figure Saint Nicholas, a bishop from Myra in Asia Minor.

    From Wiktionary