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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Santa Claus.

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  • proper n. Alternative spelling of Kris Kringle. Santa Claus.
  • proper n. A Christmas decoration made from an orange tied around the middle with a red ribbon and a candle inserted.

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  • n. the legendary patron saint of children; an imaginary being who is thought to bring presents to children at Christmas

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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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German Christ Kinde or dialectal Christkindl, "Christ Child".

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