kerstman

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From kerst (Christmas) +‎ man (man).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

kerstman m (plural kerstmannen, diminutive kerstmannetje n)

  1. Father Christmas, Santa Claus

Usage notes[edit]

The figure of Santa Claus is not native to Dutch culture, and the term generally refers to the Anglo-Saxon depiction. To Dutch speakers the name "Saint Nicholas" refers to Sinterklaas, who distributes presents to children on the eve or day of December 6, not at Christmas.