Definition of Xmas in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkrisməs/
Pronunciation: /ˈeksməs/


Informal term for Christmas.
Example sentences
  • One of my Xmas presents was a waterproof radio that you can listen to in the shower.
  • It was one of those presents that have impact far beyond the usual Xmas present run.
  • We will be putting the Xmas tree up today, and probably hanging the cards up as well.


X representing the initial chi of Greek Khristos 'Christ'.

  • This term for Christmas was originally only a written form, with X representing the initial letter of Greek Khristos, ‘Christ’, in the Greek alphabet. It is not possible to tell when people started pronouncing it with the sound of x.

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Syllabification: Xmas

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