What does Christmas mean?

Definitions for Christmas
ˈkrɪs məsChrist·mas

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Christmas.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Christmas, Christmastide, Christmastime, Yule, Yuletide, Noelnoun

    period extending from Dec. 24 to Jan. 6

  2. Christmas, Christmas Day, Xmas, Dec 25noun

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

Wiktionary

  1. Christmasnoun

    Christmas Day, the day it is celebrated, 25 December, an English quarter day.

    This Christmas we'll open presents then go to grandma's for dinner.

  2. Christmasnoun

    Christmastide, the Twelve Days of Christmas, the season (traditionally from the 24th of December to the 6th of January) around the holiday.

  3. Christmasnoun

    The period from the Friday following Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve, busy with shopping and preparations for Christmas.

    The last three Christmases have been good for retailers.

  4. Christmasnoun

    Christmas season, the end of the year period, busy with shopping and preparations for Christmas.

    The Christmas shoppers spent less this December, than last year, but our store will probably see just as many returned items during the twelve days of Christmas.

  5. Christmasnoun

    A widely celebrated festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, incorporating various Christian, pre-Christian and secular customs.

    Do you celebrate Christmas?

  6. Christmasnoun

    A personification of Christmas.

  7. Etymology: From late Cristesmæsse; as if Christ + mass.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Christmasnoun

    The day on which the nativity of our blessed Saviour is celebrated, by the particular service of the church.

    Etymology: from Christ and mass.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Christmasnoun

    an annual church festival (December 25) and in some States a legal holiday, in memory of the birth of Christ, often celebrated by a particular church service, and also by special gifts, greetings, and hospitality

  2. Etymology: [Christ + mass.]

Freebase

  1. Christmas

    Christmas is an annual commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ and a widely observed holiday, celebrated generally on December 25 by millions of people around the world. A feast central to the Christian liturgical year, it closes the Advent season and initiates the twelve days of Christmastide, which ends after the twelfth night. Christmas is a civil holiday in many of the world's nations, is celebrated by an increasing number of non-Christians, and is an integral part of the Christmas and holiday season. While the birth year of Jesus is estimated among modern historians to have been between 7 and 2 BC, the exact month and day of his birth are unknown. His birth is mentioned in two of the four canonical gospels. By the early-to-mid 4th century, the Western Christian Church had placed Christmas on December 25, a date later adopted in the East. The date of Christmas may have initially been chosen to correspond with the day exactly nine months after early Christians believed Jesus to have been conceived, and became generally associated with the southern solstice, with a sun connection being possible because Christians consider Jesus to be the "Sun of righteousness" prophesied in Malachi 4:2.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Christmas

    kris′mas, n. an annual festival, originally a mass, in memory of the birth of Christ, held on the 25th of December.—ns. Christ′mas-box, a box containing Christmas presents: a Christmas gift; Christ′mas-card, a card, more or less ornamented, sent from friend to friend at this season; Christ′mas-eve, the evening before Christmas; Christ′mas-rose, or -flow′er, the Helleborus niger, flowering in winter; Christ′mas-tree, a tree, usually fir, set up in a room, and loaded with Christmas presents. [Christ and Mass.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Christmas

    the festival in celebration of the birth of Christ now celebrated all over Christendom on 25th December, as coinciding with an old heathen festival celebrated at the winter solstice, the day of the return of the sun northward, and in jubilation of the prospect of the renewal of life in the spring.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. CHRISTMAS

    A widely observed holiday on which the past nor the future is of so much interest as the present.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Christmas' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1439

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Christmas' in Written Corpus Frequency: #471

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Christmas' in Nouns Frequency: #534

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Christmas in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Christmas in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Christmas in a Sentence

  1. Cameron Bure:

    We sing a lot of Christmas carols in our house, the kids write letters to Santa still, we bake cookies for him and put out carrots for the reindeer.

  2. Mom Amy:

    My favorite state has to be Oregon. Its so beautiful, the coast is amazing. We just spent Christmas in Joshua Tree and luckily Santa Claus found Payson there. at first it was hard, Im a clean person and was used to showering at least once a day. It used to stress me out when Payson got dirty but she doesnt need to have a bath every single day, Amy revealed. Shes perfectly healthy and if she is dirty I just wash her down with a warm soapy cloth at night if we arent hooked up to water. Its hard sometimes not to have service everywhere we go. I need to be connected to WIFI for the part time work I do, and if theres no service it can be really tough, she continued. Derek added :.

  3. Jeremy Dys:

    The remarks that President Trump delivered at the lighting of the national Christmas Tree could not be quoted on the side of a DC Metro Bus.

  4. One Republican official:

    The Trump tantrum has nothing to do with check size or spending — he was fully aware of the negotiations carried out in his behalf by( chief of staff Mark) Meadows and( Treasury Secretary Steven) Mnuchin and never said peep, this is about Mitch McConnell and John Thune acknowledging the inevitable. When it comes to venting rage and seeking revenge vs. millions losing unemployment the day after Christmas and millions losing apartments and millions of small businesses going under, there is no contest : Mitch McConnell ego always comes first.

  5. Lenore Hershey:

    Do give books - religious or otherwise - for Christmas. They're never fattening, seldom sinful, and permanently personal.

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