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


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

  1. A male given name. Best known for St. Nicholas of Myre, on whom Father Christmas is based.
    • 1591, William Shakespeare, “The First Part of Henry the Sixt”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, (please specify the act number in uppercase Roman numerals):
      : 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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