Nicholas

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Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek Νικόλαος (Nikólaos), from νίκη (níkē, victory) + λαός (laós, people)

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈnɪk.ə.ləs/, //ˈnɪk.ləs/
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Nicholas (plural Nicholases)

  1. A male given name. Best known for a legendary St. Nicholas, associated with Father Christmas.
    • 1593, William Shakespeare, King Henry VI, Part 1: Act II, Scene I:
      Sirrah, if they meet not with Saint Nicholas' clerks, I'll give thee this neck.
    • 1871–72, George Eliot, Middlemarch, Chapter 53
      I must call you Nick - we always did call you young Nick when we knew you meant to marry the old widow. Some said you had a handsome family likeness to old Nick, but that was your mother's fault, calling you Nicholas. Aren't you glad to see me again?
  2. A patronymic surname​.

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