Christmas

noun, often attributive
Christ·​mas | \ ˈkris-məs How to pronounce Christmas (audio) \

Definition of Christmas

1 : 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

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Other Words from Christmas

Christmassy or Christmasy \ ˈkris-​mə-​sē How to pronounce Christmas (audio) \ adjective

Examples of Christmas in a Sentence

We're spending Christmas with my parents. We had a very happy Christmas this year. I wish you all a merry Christmas.
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First Known Use of Christmas

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Christmas

Middle English Christemasse, from Old English Cristes mæsse, literally, Christ's mass

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Time Traveler for Christmas

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The first known use of Christmas was before the 12th century

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“Christmas.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Christmas. Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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Christmas

noun

English Language Learners Definition of Christmas

: 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

Christmas

noun
Christ·​mas | \ ˈkris-məs How to pronounce Christmas (audio) \

Kids Definition of Christmas

: December 25 celebrated in honor of the birth of Jesus Christ

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