Santa Claus

San·​ta Claus | \ ˈsan-tə-ˌklȯz How to pronounce Santa Claus (audio) also ˈsan-tē- \
variants: or Santa \ ˈsan-​tə How to pronounce Santa Claus (audio) \

Definition of Santa Claus

: 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

First Known Use of Santa Claus

1773, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Santa Claus

modification of Dutch Sinterklaas, alteration of Sint Nikolaas Saint Nicholas

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The first known use of Santa Claus was in 1773

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“Santa Claus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of Santa Claus

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

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San·​ta Claus | \ ˈsan-tə-ˌklȯz How to pronounce Santa Claus (audio) \

Kids Definition of Santa Claus

: 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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