Definitions for xmasˈkrɪs məs; often ˈɛks məs
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word xmas
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
Xmas*ˈkrɪs məs; often ˈɛks məs
* Usage: The abbreviation Xmas for Christmas dates from the mid-16th cent. The X is the Greek letter chi, the initial in the word Χρ॓στός (Christos) “Christ.” In spite of a long and respectable history, today Xmas is objectionable to many, perhaps because of its associations with advertising. It is not used in formal writing.
Christmas, Christmas Day, Xmas, Dec 25(noun)
a Christian holiday celebrating the birth of Christ; a quarter day in England, Wales, and Ireland
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
Xmas is a common abbreviation of the word Christmas . It is sometimes pronounced, but it, and variants such as Xtemass, originated as handwriting abbreviations for the typical pronunciation. The "-mas" part is from the Latin-derived Old English word for Mass, while the "X" comes from the Greek letter Chi, which is the first letter of the Greek word Χριστός which comes into English as "Christ". There is a common misconception that the word Xmas stems from a secular attempt to remove the religious tradition from Christmas by taking the "Christ" out of "Christmas", but its use dates back to the 16th century.
Find a translation for the xmas definition in other languages:
Select another language: