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Xmas

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noun \ˈkris-məs also ˈeks-məs\

Definition of Xmas



Origin of xmas

X (symbol for Christ, from the Greek letter chi (X), initial of Christos Christ) + -mas (in Christmas)


First Known Use: 1551


XMAS Defined for Kids

Xmas

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noun \ˈkri-sməs\

Definition of Xmas



History for xmas

Some people dislike the use of Xmas for Christmas, saying it is wrong to take Christ out of Christmas. Really, they are the ones who are wrong, for the X in Xmas stands for the Greek letter chi that looks just like our X and is the first letter of Christ in Greek. For many centuries this letter has been used as an abbreviation and a symbol for Christ.


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