grand duke nicholas


  1. of Cu·sa [kyoo-zuh] /ˈkyu zə/, 1401–1464, German cardinal, mathematician, and philosopher.German Nikolaus von Cusa.
  2. Grand Duke,1856–1929, Russian general in World War I.
  3. Saint,flourished 4th century a.d., bishop in Asia Minor: patron saint of Russia; protector of children and prototype of the legendary Santa Claus.
  4. a male given name: from Greek words meaning “victory” and “people.”


  1. Saint. 4th-century ad bishop of Myra, in Asia Minor; patron saint of Russia and of children, sailors, merchants, and pawnbrokers. Feast day: Dec 6See also Santa Claus

masc. proper name, from French Nicolas, from Latin Nicholaus, Nicolaus, from Greek Nikholaos, literally “victory-people,” from nike “victory” (see Nike) + laos “people” (see lay (adj.)). The saint (obit. 326 C.E.) was a bishop of Myra in Lycia, patron of scholars, especially schoolboys. A popular given name in England in Middle Ages, as was the fem. form Nicolaa, corresponding to French Nicole. Colloquial Old Nick “the devil” is attested from 1640s, evidently from the proper name, but for no certain reason.

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