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

Examples of yuletide in a Sentence

these days, as far as the stores are concerned, yuletide starts in September
Recent Examples on the Web The yuletide is supposed to start with Christmas, not end with it. Joseph Bottum, WSJ, 28 Dec. 2023 And, one of our favorite ways to lean into the yuletide season is with matching pajamas for couples, siblings, or the entire family (including your pets). Jessie Quinn, Peoplemag, 13 Dec. 2023 Special events are held here throughout the year, including a naturalization ceremony at the Landing House on July 4 and holiday programming highlighting the yuletide traditions of the cultures that settled in upstate New York in the 18th and 19th centuries. Wendy O'Dea, Travel + Leisure, 13 Dec. 2023 Children sparkle with yuletide expectations and there is an ailing RAF veteran hiding out in the basement. John Anderson, WSJ, 21 Dec. 2023 In fact, Kelly has some other, very specific ideas for the yuletide. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, 20 Dec. 2023 Fans captured footage of the Irish group ringing in the yuletide — which marked their first time performing the song live in 36 years. Sadie Bell, Peoplemag, 18 Dec. 2023 Similar to women breaking into the nation’s workforce while millions of young men fought in World War II, department stores and event organizers during that period hired women to take the yuletide reins. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Dec. 2023 The already impressive yuletide movie season has hit new heights with the arrival of Norman Jewison’s Moonstruck. Michael Rechtshaffen, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of yuletide was in the 15th century

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“Yuletide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yuletide. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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yule·​tide ˈyü(ə)l-ˌtīd How to pronounce yuletide (audio)
often capitalized
: the Christmas season

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