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

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

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

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


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


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