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Santa Claus (n.)

1773 (as St. A Claus, in "New York Gazette"), American English, in reference to the customs of the old Dutch colony of New York, from dialectal Dutch Sante Klaas, from Middle Dutch Sinter Niklaas "Saint Nicholas," bishop of Asia Minor who became a patron saint for children. Now a worldwide phenomenon (Japanese santakurosu). Father Christmas is attested from 1650s.

updated on December 20, 2021

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Definitions of Santa Claus from WordNet

Santa Claus (n.)
the legendary patron saint of children; an imaginary being who is thought to bring presents to children at Christmas;
Synonyms: Santa / Kriss Kringle / Father Christmas / Saint Nicholas / Saint Nick / St. Nick
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.

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