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Kriss Krin·gle(krĭs′ krĭng′gəl)
[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; see Christ) + German dialectal Kindl (diminutive of German Kind, child, from Middle High German kint, from Old High German kind; see genə- in Indo-European roots).]
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Kriss Kringle(ˌkrɪs ˈkrɪŋɡəl)
(European Myth & Legend) chiefly US another name for Santa Claus
[changed from German Christkindl little Christ child, from Christ + Kindl, from Kind child]
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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]
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|Noun||1.||Kriss Kringle - the legendary patron saint of children; an imaginary being who is thought to bring presents to children at Christmas|
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