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Nicholas

[nik-uh-luh s, nik-luh s]
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noun
  1. of Cu·sa [kyoo-zuh] /ˈkyu zə/, 1401–1464, German cardinal, mathematician, and philosopher.German Nikolaus von Cusa.
  2. Grand Duke,1856–1929, Russian general in World War I.
  3. Saint,flourished 4th century a.d., bishop in Asia Minor: patron saint of Russia; protector of children and prototype of the legendary Santa Claus.
  4. a male given name: from Greek words meaning “victory” and “people.”
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Nicholas I

noun
  1. SaintNicholas the Great, died a.d. 867, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 858–867.
  2. 1796–1855, czar of Russia 1825–55.
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Historical Examples

  • Saint-Nicholas des Champs deliberates on the veto and begs the Assembly to suspend its vote.

    The Origins of Contemporary France, Volume 2 (of 6)

    Hippolyte A. Taine

  • She was standing at the angle of the terrace opposite the Church of Saint-Nicholas, and there feared no listeners.


British Dictionary definitions for saint nicholas

Nicholas

noun
  1. Saint. 4th-century ad bishop of Myra, in Asia Minor; patron saint of Russia and of children, sailors, merchants, and pawnbrokers. Feast day: Dec 6See also Santa Claus
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Nicholas I

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  1. Saint, called the Great. died 867 ad, Italian ecclesiastic; pope (858–867). He championed papal supremacy. Feast day: Nov 13
  2. 1796–1855, tsar of Russia (1825–55). He gained notoriety for his autocracy and his emphasis on military discipline and bureaucracy
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Word Origin and History for saint nicholas

Nicholas

masc. proper name, from French Nicolas, from Latin Nicholaus, Nicolaus, from Greek Nikholaos, literally "victory-people," from nike "victory" (see Nike) + laos "people" (see lay (adj.)). The saint (obit. 326 C.E.) was a bishop of Myra in Lycia, patron of scholars, especially schoolboys. A popular given name in England in Middle Ages, as was the fem. form Nicolaa, corresponding to French Nicole. Colloquial Old Nick "the devil" is attested from 1640s, evidently from the proper name, but for no certain reason.

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