Xmas

noun
\ ˈkris-məs How to pronounce Xmas (audio) also ˈeks-məs How to pronounce Xmas (audio) \
plural Xmases

Definition of Xmas

informal
: christmas I don't expect to get away for Xmas.— Alexander Woollcott Lester was carrying boxes marked Xmas from the corner of the garage to the truck.— Gloria Naylor now used chiefly for brevity in advertisements, headlines, etc.

First Known Use of Xmas

1721, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Xmas

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

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“Xmas.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Xmas. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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