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

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

Kids Definition of yuletide

: the Christmas season

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