Xmas

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noun \ ˈkris-məs also ˈeks-məs \

Definition of Xmas

Origin and Etymology of xmas

X (symbol for Christ, from the Greek letter chi (X), initial of Christos Christ) + -mas (in Christmas)


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Xmas

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noun \ ˈkri-sməs \

Definition of Xmas for Students

History for xmas

Some people dislike the use of Xmas for Christmas, saying it is wrong to take Christ out of Christmas. Really, they are the ones who are wrong, for the X in Xmas stands for the Greek letter chi that looks just like our X and is the first letter of Christ in Greek. For many centuries this letter has been used as an abbreviation and a symbol for Christ.


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