Christmas tree


Christmas tree

noun

: an evergreen tree that is decorated in people's houses at Christmastime

Full Definition of CHRISTMAS TREE

1
:  a usually evergreen tree decorated at Christmas
2
:  an oil-well control device consisting of an assembly of fittings placed at the top of the well

Examples of CHRISTMAS TREE

  1. We hung the lights on the Christmas tree.

First Known Use of CHRISTMAS TREE

1835

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Christmas tree

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Evergreen tree, usually decorated with lights and ornaments, to celebrate the Christmas season. The use of evergreen trees, wreaths, and garlands as symbols of eternal life was common among the ancient Egyptians, Chinese, and Hebrews. The Christian symbol can be traced to a German medieval play about Adam and Eve, which included the “paradise tree,” hung with apples. The modern, decorated version was widespread among German Lutherans by the 18th century. Brought to North America by German settlers in the 17th century, it had become widespread there by the mid-19th century. It was popularized in 19th-century England by Victoria's consort, the German Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg.

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