What does Christmas mean?

Definitions for Christmas
ˈkrɪs məsChrist·mas

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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.

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

  2. Christmasnoun

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

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

  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.

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

  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.

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

  5. Christmasnoun

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

    Do you celebrate Christmas?

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

  6. Christmasnoun

    A personification of Christmas.

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

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

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

    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

How to pronounce Christmas?

  1. Alex
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    Daniel
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    Karen
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    Veena
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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. Pope Francis:

    May Christmas bring them hope, as indeed also to the many displaced persons, exiles and refugees, children, adults and elderly, from this region and from the whole world.

  2. Helen Hayes:

    There's a little vanity chair that Charlie gave me the first Christmas we knew each other. I'll not be parting with that, nor our bed-the four-poster-I'll be needing that to die in.

  3. John Andrew:

    Lou was a true victim’s advocate, it wasn’t his job to protect John and Patsy Ramsey. His objective was to find the killer. This was a six-year-old girl who was killed on Christmas Day. We should answer for that.

  4. Michael Lynton:

    We have never given up on releasing 'The Interview' and we're excited our movie will be in a number of theaters on Christmas Day, at the same time, we are continuing our efforts to secure more platforms and more theaters so that this movie reaches the largest possible audience.

  5. Christopher Ryan Heanue:

    A young couple in our parish would love to adopt this child and keep this gift in our community. It would make a great Christmas miracle.

Images & Illustrations of Christmas

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