Boxing Day


Definition of Boxing Day

: the first weekday after Christmas observed as a legal holiday in parts of the Commonwealth of Nations and marked by the giving of Christmas boxes to service workers (such as postal workers)

First Known Use of Boxing Day

1747, in the meaning defined above

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“Boxing Day.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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Boxing Day


English Language Learners Definition of Boxing Day

chiefly British : a holiday that is celebrated especially in England and Canada on the first day after Christmas that is not a Sunday

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