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

Examples of yuletide in a Sentence

these days, as far as the stores are concerned, yuletide starts in September
Recent Examples on the Web It’s the Ghost of Christmas Past: the echo of another yuletide, exactly thirty years ago, which saw the dissolution of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Ned Temko, The Christian Science Monitor, 6 Jan. 2022 Narratively speaking, Charles Dickens has a monopoly on our hearts and our collective conscience, which explains why his lessons in compassion and reclamation never get old at the yuletide. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Dec. 2021 From 2016 to 2018, this very merry adaptation of the original 1947 Lux Radio broadcast was staged during the yuletide at San Diego Musical Theatre’s onetime Gaslamp Quarter space. San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Dec. 2021 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 See More

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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 18 Aug. 2022.

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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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