noun, Christ·mas often attributive \ˈkris-məs\

: a Christian holiday that is celebrated on December 25 in honor of the birth of Jesus Christ or the period of time that comes before and after this holiday

Full Definition of CHRISTMAS

:  a Christian feast on December 25 or among some Eastern Orthodox Christians on January 7 that commemorates the birth of Christ and is usually observed as a legal holiday
Christ·mas·sy or Christ·masy \-mə-sē\ adjective

Examples of CHRISTMAS

  1. We're spending Christmas with my parents.
  2. We had a very happy Christmas this year.
  3. I wish you all a merry Christmas.


Middle English Christemasse, from Old English Cristes mæsse, literally, Christ's mass
First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with CHRISTMAS


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