American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- 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.
- n. A mythological figure who traditionally is believed to bring presents to people (especially children) at Christmas time.
- n. the legendary patron saint of children; an imaginary being who is thought to bring presents to children at Christmas
- From the Dutch folk tale of Sinterklaas based on the historical figure Saint Nicholas, a bishop from Myra in Asia Minor. (Wiktionary)
- 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). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“People alternately compared him to Santa Claus and the Norse god Odin.”
“Anyone up on the roof tonight would see Santa Claus and his reindeer," Brother Jimmy-Joe Billy-Bob said firmly.”
“He became the patron saint of children; presents were given them on his feast day, and he evolved into the person of Santa Claus from the Dutch Sinte Klaas, dialect for St. Nicholas.”
“I think Santa Claus is really Sam Cooperman, and he dresses up and brings presents to orphans and children in hospitals.”
“It's Santa Claus - old Kriss Kringle, and see how you like it!" laughs an exultant voice, and in an instant the bar had been slipped and the lamp rekindled, and Kagi was standing grinning all over his face in the doorway, with the rain pouring off his shawl.”
“Cover illustration and interior illustration of Santa Claus courtesy of ShutterStock.com/© Victorian Traditions.”
“As it happened, the first person who forced me to reconsider my Santa Claus interpretation of the existence of spirit guides and angels was John Edward.”
“The House Un-American Activities Committee conducted its own hearings, subpoenaing Tom Hayden and others from the New Left, though they did not hear from Jerry Rubin because he arrived in a rented Santa Claus costume and refused to change out of it.”
“At 12: 29, a neon lawn display featuring Santa Claus and his helpers short-circuited, shooting flames along the electrical cord to its inside terminus — a plug attached to a maze of adapters fueling a large, brightly lit Christmas tree and nativity scene — severely burning three children heaping tissue-wrapped presents on a glow-in-the-dark baby Jesus.”
““I think Santa Claus left this for you,” Trint said and handed the red stocking to the boy.”
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