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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Cite this Entry

“Christmas.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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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


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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