Definition of Nicholas in English:


proper noun

  • 1The name of two tsars of Russia.

    1. 1.1Nicholas I(1796–1855), brother of Alexander I; reigned 1825–55. At home he pursued rigidly conservative policies, while his expansionism in the Near East led to the Crimean War.
    2. 1.2Nicholas II(1868–1918), son of Alexander III; reigned 1894–1917. Forced to abdicate after the Russian Revolution in 1917, he was shot along with his family a year later.