Santa Claus


San·​ta Claus ˈsan-tə-ˌklȯz How to pronounce Santa Claus (audio)
 also  ˈsan-tē-
variants or Santa
: a plump, white-bearded, red-suited, and jolly old man in modern folklore who delivers presents to children at Christmastime
There might be a few weeks left until Christmas, but Santa Claus and his merry elves landed early in Bakersfield because several boys and girls on the nice list caught their attention.Ema Sasic
… we had dashed downstairs to the living room to see what Santa had brought and piled up, in great mounds of splendidly wrapped packages, under the Christmas tree—whose angel's halo brushed the ceiling.Anthony Bailey

Examples of Santa Claus in a Sentence

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Word History


modification of Dutch Sinterklaas, alteration of Sint Nikolaas Saint Nicholas

First Known Use

1773, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Santa Claus was in 1773

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“Santa Claus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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Santa Claus

San·​ta Claus ˈsant-ē-ˌklȯz How to pronounce Santa Claus (audio)
: the spirit of Christmas represented by a fat jolly old man in a red suit who gives toys to children

from Dutch Sinterklaas, an altered form of Dutch Sint Nikolaas "Saint Nicholas"

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