how to pronounce nikolaus


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nikolaus is pronounced in three syllables

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An example use of nikolaus in a speech by a native speaker of standard german:

“… alles nicht ob nikolaus aber so komisch …”

meanings of nikolaus


  1. A figure, originally identical with the former and similar to the Anglo-Saxon Santa Claus, bringing children (small) presents during the night before the 6th of December.
  2. A male given name, equivalent to English Nicholas.
  3. St. Nicholas.


  1. The day of 6th December.
  2. A representation of St. Nicholas (e.g. an actor or a figurine).

nikolaus frequency in german - C1 level of CEFR

the word nikolaus occurs in german on average 8.4 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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