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 (nĭk′ə-ləs), Saint Fourth century ad.
Bishop of Myra in Asia Minor who is often associated with Santa Claus and the custom of gift giving at Christmas.


(Biography) Saint. 4th-century ad bishop of Myra, in Asia Minor; patron saint of Russia and of children, sailors, merchants, and pawnbrokers. Feast day: Dec 6. See also Santa Claus


(ˈnɪk ə ləs, ˈnɪk ləs)

1. of Cusa, 1401–1464, German cardinal, mathematician, and philosopher.
2. Saint, fl. 4th century A.D., bishop in Asia Minor: patron saint of Russia; protector of children and prototype of Santa Claus.


(ˈnɪk ə ləs, ˈnɪk ləs)
1. Nicholas I, 1796–1855, czar of Russia 1825–55.
2. Nicholas II, 1868–1918, czar of Russia 1894–1917: executed 1918.
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Mr Squeers, being safely landed, left Nicholas and the boys standing with the luggage in the road, to amuse themselves by looking at the coach as it changed horses, while he ran into the tavern and went through the leg-stretching process at the bar.
'Is it much farther to Dotheboys Hall, sir?' asked Nicholas.
'Oh, indeed!' said Nicholas, whom this piece of intelligence much astonished.
While the schoolmaster was uttering these and other impatient cries, Nicholas had time to observe that the school was a long, cold- looking house, one storey high, with a few straggling out-buildings behind, and a barn and stable adjoining.
By this time Mr Squeers had dismounted; and after ordering the boy to see to the pony, and to take care that he hadn't any more corn that night, he told Nicholas to wait at the front-door a minute while he went round and let him in.
A host of unpleasant misgivings, which had been crowding upon Nicholas during the whole journey, thronged into his mind with redoubled force when he was left alone.
On the third day after Christmas Nicholas dined at home, a thing he had rarely done of late.
Nicholas, having as usual exhausted two pairs of horses, without visiting all the places he meant to go to and where he had been invited, returned home just before dinner.
"If I have time," answered Nicholas. "But I promised the Arkharovs; they have a party."
"Perhaps," coldly and angrily replied Dolokhov, glancing at Sonya, and, scowling, he gave Nicholas just such a look as he had given Pierre at the Club dinner.
"There is something up," thought Nicholas, and he was further confirmed in this conclusion by the fact that Dolokhov left immediately after dinner.
Little as Nicholas had occupied himself with Sonya of late, something seemed to give way within him at this news.