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Kriss Kringle

1830, Christ-kinkle (in a Pennsylvania German context, and as a reminiscence of times past, so probably at least a generation older in that setting), from German Christkindlein, Christkind'l "Christ child." Second element is a diminutive of German Kind "child" (see kin (n.)). Properly Baby Jesus, not Santa Claus.

updated on April 25, 2017

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Definitions of Kriss Kringle from WordNet

Kriss Kringle (n.)
the legendary patron saint of children; an imaginary being who is thought to bring presents to children at Christmas;
Synonyms: Santa Claus / Santa / Father Christmas / Saint Nicholas / Saint Nick / St. Nick
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