Definition of Christmas in English:


Line breaks: Christ|mas
Pronunciation: /ˈkrɪsməs

noun (plural Christmases)

  • 1The annual Christian festival celebrating Christ’s birth, held on 25 December in the Western Church: he was a vehement sabbatarian and iconoclast, who denounced the observance of Christmas [as modifier]: a Christmas present
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    • We asked celebrities in the town about their memories of past Christmases - and asked them how they would be spending the big day this year.
    • He had spent the last three Christmases in custody.
    • The more Christmases I experience, despite being an agnostic, the more I appreciate the more traditional version.
  • 1.1The period immediately before and after 25 December: we had guests over Christmas
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    • On hearing about financial problems striking firemen may face this Christmas, a boy persuaded his mum to buy some gifts for their children.
    • He was also thinking about all those Christmases the soldiers had spent away from their families.
    • McDonald said that very generally, he wanted to appeal to women on nights out to take particular care this Christmas.


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  • Expressing surprise, dismay, or despair.



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  • The band members were dressed in festive red to complete the Christmassy feel.
  • I love the smell of pine and my house is now more Christmassy than ever before.
  • It's so good, and easy, and Christmassy, that I thought I'd pass it along to anyone scrounging for a great dessert.


Old English Crīstes mæsse (see Christ, Mass).

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