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

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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