- An imaginary figure said to bring presents for children on Christmas. He is conventionally pictured as a jolly old man from the far north, with a long white beard and red garments trimmed with white fur. See also Nicholas, St.
late 18th century: originally a US usage, alteration of Dutch dialect Sante Klaas 'St. Nicholas'.
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