pre-Christ·​mas ˌprē-ˈkri-sməs How to pronounce pre-Christmas (audio)
: occurring before Christmas
pre-Christmas sales

Examples of pre-Christmas in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In previous years, congressional leaders have passed a CR in late September that expires just before the holidays to increase pressure on rank and file lawmakers to agree to a broader funding deal and avoid a pre-Christmas shutdown. Rebecca Kaplan, NBC News, 13 Sep. 2023 There were a lot of people who were catching up and not only celebrating the engagement, but there was a real pre-Christmas excitement. Emily Tannenbaum, Peoplemag, 14 July 2023 The punk act typically goes by the name the K**ts, which has landed pre-Christmas top 10s in each of the past three years. Lars Brandle, Billboard, 15 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1895, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pre-Christmas was in 1895

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Cite this Entry

“Pre-Christmas.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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