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A Japanese depiction of Santa Claus circa 1914.


From the Dutch folk tale of Sinterklaas based on the historical figure Saint Nicholas, a bishop from Myra in Asia Minor.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈsæn.təˌklɔːz/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈsæn.təˌklɑz/, /ˈsæn.təˌklɔz/
  • (General Australian) IPA(key): /ˈsæːn.təˌkloːz/
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Proper nounEdit

Santa Claus

  1. (folklore) A fictional figure said to bring presents to people (especially children) at Christmas time.
    Synonyms: Father Christmas, Kris Kringle, Saint Nicholas, Saint Nick, Santa
  2. (by extension) An unlikely source of free gifts or benefits.
    • 1978, Henry Grayson, Clemens A. Loew, Changing approaches to the psychotherapies (page 314)
      I then probe as to whether he is waiting for some Santa Claus to make him well, strong, and happy, or whether he is waiting for rigor mortis to deliver him from his earthly troubles.
  3. A town in Indiana.
  4. A city in Georgia, United States.
  5. A ghost town in Arizona.


See alsoEdit


Proper nounEdit

Santa Claus m

  1. Santa Claus
    Synonyms: Pare Nadal, Pare Noel