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
Recent Examples on the Web There was a nightmarish sitcom parody — and a yuletide duel with literal Santa! Darren Franich, EW.com, "DuckTales is ending, so it's the time for you to start watching DuckTales," 19 Feb. 2021 With Al so far away and at risk of so much danger, the family faced a melancholy yuletide. cleveland, "Retelling a World War II-vintage Christmas tale: Chris Quinn," 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, "How bad are Christmas trees for the environment?," 22 Dec. 2020 In that sense, DuVall, with her co-writer, Mary Holland, have made the yuletide truly gay. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "How A Queer Icon Made the Holiday Film of the Year," 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, "In Defense of Rockefeller Center’s Ugly, Perfect Christmas Tree," 20 Nov. 2020 America might be gearing up for the gayest yuletide yet. Angela Watercutter, Wired, "Is This the Gayest Yuletide Yet?," 27 Nov. 2020 But yuletide won’t be without the renowned troupe’s holiday music. David Noyce, The Salt Lake Tribune, "This week in Mormon Land: Angel Moroni shows up on Catholic covers, temple prayer rolls go online, scholar discusses those gold plates," 27 Aug. 2020 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

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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 17 May. 2021.

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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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