Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun 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.

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  • proper noun A mythological figure who traditionally is believed to bring presents to people (especially children) at Christmas time.

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  • noun 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

[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).]

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From the Dutch folk tale of Sinterklaas based on the historical figure Saint Nicholas, a bishop from Myra in Asia Minor.

Examples

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  • As you know, traders are very superstitious people and they put a lot of stock in what they call the Santa Claus rally effect.

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  • This is what I call the Santa Claus method of dealing with particularly troublesome concepts in a sitcom.

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  • First, most Christian parents introduce their children to the idea of Santa Claus, which is reinforced through cartoons, movies, and storybooks.

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  • First, most Christian parents introduce their children to the idea of Santa Claus, which is reinforced through cartoons, movies, and storybooks.

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  • "And all because of this person they call Santa Claus!" exclaimed the

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  • And, since that strength has been most pronounced in countries that celebrate Christmas, this strength can genuinely go by the name Santa Claus

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  • And, since that strength has been most pronounced in countries that celebrate Christmas, this strength can genuinely go by the name Santa Claus

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  • And, since that strength has been most pronounced in countries that celebrate Christmas, this strength can genuinely go by the name Santa Claus

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  • And, since that strength has been most pronounced in countries that celebrate Christmas, this strength can genuinely go by the name Santa Claus

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