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Santa Claus

or San·ta Klaus

[ san-tuh -klawz ]
/ ˈsæn tə ˌklɔz /
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noun

a benevolent figure of legend, associated with Saint Nicholas, supposed to bring gifts to children on Christmas Eve.

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Origin of Santa Claus

1765–75, Americanism; from Dutch Sinterklaas, equivalent to sint saint + heer (Myn)heer + Klaas, short for Niklaas Nicholas
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British Dictionary definitions for Santa Claus

Santa Claus
/ (ˈsæntə ˌklɔːz) /

noun

the legendary patron saint of children, commonly identified with Saint Nicholas, who brings presents to children on Christmas Eve or, in some European countries, on Saint Nicholas' DayOften shortened to: Santa Also called: Father Christmas
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