Santa Claus


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San·ta Claus

 (săn′tə klôz′)
n.
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.

[Probably 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).]

Santa Claus

(ˈsæntə ˌklɔːz)
n
(European Myth & Legend) the legendary patron saint of children, commonly identified with Saint Nicholas, who brings presents to children on Christmas Eve or, in some European countries, on Saint Nicholas' Day. Often shortened to: Santa Also called: Father Christmas

San′ta Claus`

(or Klaus`)

(klɔz)
n.
a white-bearded, plump, red-suited, grandfatherly man of folklore who brings gifts to well-behaved children at Christmas.
[1765–75, Amer.; < Dutch Sinterklaas=sint saint + heer (Myn)heer + Klaas, short for Niklaas Nicholas1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Santa Claus - the legendary patron saint of childrenSanta Claus - the legendary patron saint of children; an imaginary being who is thought to bring presents to children at Christmas

Santa Claus

noun Father Christmas, Kriss Kringle (chiefly U.S.), Saint Nicholas, Old Saint Nick the danger that Santa Claus will get stuck down a chimney
Translations
NikolausSantaclausophobieWeihnachtsmann
Jõuluvana
joulupukki
jólasveinninn
サンタクロース
Święty Mikołaj
Moş Crăciun
Božiček

Santa Claus

[ˌsæntəˈklɔːz] NPapá Noel m, San Nicolás m

Santa Claus

[ˌsæntəˈklɔːz] nle Père Noël

Santa Claus

[ˌsæntəˈklɔːz] nBabbo Natale
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cried Santa Claus, briskly, as he trotted up the long room.
Now Santa Claus spied Polychrome, and trotted over to where she stood.
Please do, dear Santa Claus," implored the little maid, beseechingly.
remember that there will be a visit from Santa Claus * to-night.
Nicholas, or Santa Claus, as he is termed, were never forgotten among the inhabitants of New York, until the emigration from New England brought in the opinions and usages of the Puritans, like the “bon homme de Noel.
The pleasure of this discovery had put Richard in such a good humor, that the negro’s fears in some measure vanished, and he remembered the stocking of Santa Claus.
Dorothy thought this made the little monarch look more like Santa Claus than ever; but Ozma now began speaking, and every one listened intently to her words.
Snodhead, a very learned man, professor of Low Dutch and High German in the college of Santa Claus and St.
It was too far off for Santa Claus in Lithuania, but it was not too far for peace and good will to men, for the wonder-bearing vision of the Christ Child.
This was the children's friend, Santa Claus, or St.
I didn't know, Miss Adams, that your Santa Claus was so modern as this.
Higgins's book on Catholic ethics and morality (The Science and Art of Ethics, 1949) simply states that "An example in point is the Santa Claus legend.

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