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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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NOVELA AUTOR Momo Michael Ende Vorstadtkrokodile Max von der Grun Das Geheimnis des Brunnens Luise Rinser Ben liebt Anna Peter Hartling Stolperschritte Mirjam Pressler Anne will ein Zwilling werden Paul Maar Die Wartehalle Klaus Kordon Das Funfmarkstuck Klaus Kordon Die Unterirdischen Angela Sommer-Bodenburg Der neue Pinocchio Christine Nostlinger Die Geschichte von der Michael Ende Schussel und vom Loffel Wenn du dich gruseln willst Angela Sommer-Bodenburg Spurnase Jakob-Nachbarkind Christine Nostlinger Ais der Weihnachtsmann vom Cornelia Funke Himmel fiel Die Zauberschule Michael Ende Reise gegen den Wind Peter Hartling Der verborgene Schatz Paul Maar Rico, Oskar und die Andreas Steinhofel Tieferschatten
In Germany it is Der Weihnachtsmann who brings the gifts on Christmas Eve afternoon.