Nicholas

[ nik-uh-luh s, nik-luh s ]
/ ˈnɪk ə ləs, ˈnɪk ləs /
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noun

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

Definition for nicholas (2 of 6)

Nicholas I


noun

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

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Nicholas II


noun

Gérard de Bourgogne, died 1061, pope 1058–61.
1868–1918, czar of Russia 1894–1917: executed 1918.

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Nicholas III


noun

Giovanni Gaetani Orsini, died 1280, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1277–80.

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Nicholas IV


noun

Girolamo Masci, died 1292, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1288–92.

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Nicholas V


noun

Thomas Parentucelli, 1397?–1455, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1447–55.
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British Dictionary definitions for nicholas (1 of 4)

Nicholas

/ (ˈnɪkələs) /

noun

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

British Dictionary definitions for nicholas (2 of 4)

Nicholas I


noun

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

British Dictionary definitions for nicholas (3 of 4)

Nicholas II


noun

1868–1918, tsar of Russia (1894–1917). After the disastrous Russo-Japanese War (1904–05), he was forced to summon a representative assembly, but his continued autocracy and incompetence precipitated the Russian Revolution (1917): he abdicated and was shot

British Dictionary definitions for nicholas (4 of 4)

Nicholas V


noun

original name Tommaso Parentucelli. 1397–1455, Italian ecclesiastic; pope (1447–55). He helped to found the Vatican Library
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Word Origin and History for 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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