yule·​tide | \ ˈyül-ˌtīd How to pronounce yuletide (audio) \
variants: or less commonly Yuletide
plural yuletides also Yuletides

Definition of yuletide

: the Christmas season : christmastide families gathering at yuletide Come Yuletide, the balsam fir is a prime choice for the role of Christmas tree.— Neal Clark often used before another noun the yuletide seasonyuletide celebrations

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Examples of yuletide in a Sentence

these days, as far as the stores are concerned, yuletide starts in September
Recent Examples on the Web There was a nightmarish sitcom parody — and a yuletide duel with literal Santa! Darren Franich, EW.com, 19 Feb. 2021 With Al so far away and at risk of so much danger, the family faced a melancholy yuletide. cleveland, 25 Dec. 2020 Climate change, with its increase in severe weather and ever-morphing growing conditions, could one day send yuletide evergreens out of fashion. Erin Blakemore, Popular Science, 22 Dec. 2020 In that sense, DuVall, with her co-writer, Mary Holland, have made the yuletide truly gay. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, 9 Dec. 2020 For those who haven’t heard, Rockefeller Center put up its traditional yuletide tree this week, and, well, it looked busted. Angela Watercutter, Wired, 20 Nov. 2020 America might be gearing up for the gayest yuletide yet. Angela Watercutter, Wired, 27 Nov. 2020 But yuletide won’t be without the renowned troupe’s holiday music. David Noyce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 27 Aug. 2020 Both Kylie, 22, and Khloé twinned with their daughters Stormi, 22 months, and True, 20 months, for their holiday looks, while multiple others posted photos and clips of the over-the-top yuletide décor, food and snazzy entertainment. Robyn Merrett, PEOPLE.com, 26 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of yuletide

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Yuletide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yuletide. Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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More Definitions for yuletide


noun, often capitalized
yule·​tide | \ ˈyül-ˌtīd How to pronounce yuletide (audio) \

Kids Definition of yuletide

: the Christmas season

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Nglish: Translation of yuletide for Spanish Speakers


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