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[nik-er-bok-er] /ˈnɪk ərˌbɒk ər/
a descendant of the Dutch settlers of New York.
any New Yorker.
Origin of Knickerbocker
1800-10, Americanism; generalized from Diedrich Knickerbocker, fictitious author of Washington Irving's History of New York Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • There have been single years in which have been turned out more volumes than were produced during all of the Knickerbocker Period.

  • The other was an odd mélange, which had appeared in chapters in the Knickerbocker Magazine.

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  • In the end Meryl was persuaded to have a Knickerbocker garb also, though she insisted that she would never wear it.

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  • He had read the Knickerbocker, and knew my name well, and took good care of us.

    Memoirs Charles Godfrey Leland
  • The Knickerbocker Trust Company, however, formed a notable exception to this rule.

  • And he sighed deeply, and put his hands into his Knickerbocker pockets.

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  • A few days later he finished it, and mailed it to the Knickerbocker.

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British Dictionary definitions for Knickerbocker


noun (US)
a descendant of the original Dutch settlers of New York
an inhabitant of New York
Word Origin
C19: named after Diedrich Knickerbocker, fictitious Dutchman alleged to be the author of Washington Irving's History of New York (1809)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Knickerbocker

"descendant of Dutch settlers of New York," 1831, from Diedrich Knickerbocker, the name under which Washington Irving published his popular "History of New York" (1809). The pen-name was borrowed from Irving's friend Herman Knickerbocker, and literally means "toy marble-baker."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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