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

  • Nicholas, Saint Fourth century A.D. Bishop of Myra in Asia Minor who is often associated with Santa Claus and the custom of gift-giving at Christmas.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A male given name. Best known for a legendary St. Nicholas, associated with Father Christmas.
  • proper n. A patronymic surname.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a bishop in Asia Minor who is associated with Santa Claus (4th century)


From Ancient Greek Νικόλαος (Nikolaos), from νίκη (nikē, "victory") + λαός (laos, "people") (Wiktionary)



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