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 nounthe 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 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, "Kim, Kourtney and Khloé Kardashian Pose with Sisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner at Christmas Party," 26 Dec. 2019 Lucky for you there’s an abundance of new holiday music from an eclectic mix of artists to add a little variation to your yuletide playlist this year. Ruth Kinane, EW.com, "The best new holiday music of 2019: Jonas Brothers, Taylor Swift, and many more," 11 Dec. 2019 Michael's late-career yuletide greeting did fare a little better in his homeland, reaching No. Jon O'brien, Billboard, "'December Song': Why You Should Unwrap George Michael's Other Christmas Tune," 4 Dec. 2019 For those who prefer the yuletide, Roger’s Gardens’ Christmas boutique returns Oct. 4. Daily Pilot, "Roger’s Gardens goes mad as a hatter for Halloween," 29 Aug. 2019 The arrival of the most wonderful time of the year has filled our queues with some of the best films for the yuletide. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Christmas Movies on Netflix You Can Stream During the Holidays," 19 Dec. 2018

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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 25 May. 2020.

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

Kids Definition of yuletide

: the Christmas season

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