Definitions for xmasˈkrɪs məs; often ˈɛks məs

This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word xmas

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Christmas, Christmas Day, Xmas, Dec 25(noun)

    a Christian holiday celebrating the birth of Christ; a quarter day in England, Wales, and Ireland

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  1. Xmas

    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.

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Doug Manning:

    Whoever put Christmas (sorry..Doug would never spell it like that...come ON)"Whoever put Xmas in the middle of Hunting Season oughta be crucified."He stated while opening a can of Miller Lite on the way home from (can you guess?) --> duck Hunting.

  2. Clive Staples Lewis:

    Just a hurried line...to tell a story which puts the contrast between *our* feast of the Nativity and all this ghastly Xmas racket at it's lowest. My brother heard a woman on a 'bus say, as the 'bus passed a church with a Crib outside it, Oh Lor' They bring religion into everything. Look- they're dragging it even into Christmas now

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