Santa Claus

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noun San·ta Claus \ ˈsan-tə-ˌklȯz also ˈsan-tē- \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of Santa Claus

:a plump, white-bearded, and red-suited old man in modern folklore who delivers presents to children at Christmastime called also Santa

Origin and Etymology of santa claus

modification of Dutch Sinterklaas, alteration of Sint Nikolaas Saint Nicholas


SANTA CLAUS Defined for English Language Learners

Santa Claus

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Definition of Santa Claus for English Language Learners

  • : an imaginary fat man with a white beard and a red suit who gives toys to children at Christmas


SANTA CLAUS Defined for Kids

Santa Claus

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noun San·ta Claus \ ˈsan-tə-ˌklȯz \

Definition of Santa Claus for Students

:the spirit of Christmas as represented by a plump jolly old man with a white beard who is dressed in a red suit and delivers presents to good children


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