Definition of Christmas in English:

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Christmas

Pronunciation: /ˈkrisməs/

noun (plural Christmases)

1The annual Christian festival celebrating Christ’s birth, held on December 25 in the Western Church.
Example sentences
  • 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 December 25: we had guests over Christmas
More example sentences
  • 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.

exclamation

informal
Expressing surprise, dismay, or despair.

Derivatives

Christmassy

Pronunciation: /ˈkrisməsē/
adjective
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

Old English Crīstes mæsse (see Christ, Mass).

Words that rhyme with Christmas

isthmus

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: Christ·mas

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