Definition of Christmas in English:



  • 1The annual Christian festival celebrating Christ's birth, held on 25 December in the Western Church.

    ‘he was a vehement sabbatarian and iconoclast, who denounced the observance of Christmas’
    [as modifier] ‘a Christmas present’
    • ‘She writes an editorial every month in which she reminisces about Christmases, or Easters, or Summers of yore.’
    • ‘Pink clothes, a fluffy portable radio and a CD player to play her Barbie girl CD have all delighted her this Christmas.’
    • ‘Our Christmases have always been somewhat unconventional.’
    • ‘For Briggs, an only child, Christmas evokes memories of happier Christmases past, when his mother and father and his wife were still alive.’
    • ‘The lingerie shop in the high street of Morzine, a small town in the Haute Savoie region of France, is always busy in the days after Christmas.’
    • ‘The more Christmases I experience, despite being an agnostic, the more I appreciate the more traditional version.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I love Christmas, and whilst some Christmases have been better than others it is an event I look forward to every year.’
    • ‘He won't miss the 4am wake-up calls or Christmases offshore, but other things will be harder to lose.’
    • ‘It also revealed Hereford as home to the country's most devoted churchgoers, with one in 10 expected to turn out this Christmas.’
    • ‘It is the Ghost of Christmas Past, and he takes Scrooge to the previous Christmases of his life.’
    • ‘Am I the only one who feels that Christmases are not what they used to be?’
    • ‘One month later, just before Christmas, Jayson punched a hole in the French doors of their house and threw a broom at Dionne.’
    • ‘But this is the week before Christmas and later in the day there will be hot winds, dust and flies.’
    • ‘For a persistent majority of Canadians, Christmas is typically the most important day of their year.’
    • ‘All that being said, this column is not a call for a return to the dour puritan Christmases enforced by Cromwell.’
    • ‘He had spent the last three Christmases in custody.’
    • ‘Children can track Santa's progress on the web again this Christmas.’
    • ‘He spent Christmases at Chatsworth with the Devonshires.’
    • ‘Maybe we spend all our adult lives trying to recreate the sense of wonderment and joy and downright contentedness that childhood Christmases brought.’
    xmas, noel
    burra din
    chrimbo, chrissie
    yule, yuletide
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    1. 1.1The period immediately before and after 25 December.
      ‘we had guests over Christmas’
      • ‘It is commendable, therefore, that the Trades Union Congress is collecting and distributing toys to refugee children this Christmas.’
      • ‘The boxes are now on their way to needy children in other parts of the world where they will bring joy and happiness to many this Christmas.’
      • ‘Baby dolls are the must-have for many little girls this Christmas.’
      • ‘‘This has been one of the worst Christmases for the retail trade for many years,’ says Geoff.’
      • ‘The station commander said it was designed to be a light-hearted reminder to motorists to drive safely this Christmas.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Even if it's too late for this Christmas, how about a New Year resolution to do at least 20 minutes' exercise three times a week?’
      • ‘The public was urged to be vigilant when out and about this Christmas, especially if people saw suspicious packages, objects or vehicles.’
      • ‘Record-breaking numbers of holidaymakers are expected to head for the sun and slopes from Stansted Airport this Christmas.’
      • ‘He doesn't know if he will see his children this Christmas.’
      • ‘Restaurants in the district are being urged to help the homeless this Christmas - by asking customers to add a donation to their bills.’
      • ‘On hearing about financial problems striking firemen may face this Christmas, a boy persuaded his mum to buy some gifts for their children.’
      • ‘Pennypinching local businesses have been blamed for a festive blackout which will leave Ongar High Street in the dark this Christmas.’
      • ‘It may be a bit early for decking the halls, but Canvey councillors are poised to ensure the island twinkles as brightly as anywhere else this Christmas.’
      • ‘Toys that were must-haves for children back in the 1980s are set to enchant a new generation this Christmas.’
      • ‘If you want to remember a lost loved one in your thoughts this Christmas, sponsor a light for them and raise money for St Raphael's hospice.’
      • ‘If you fancy lighting up the trees in your garden this Christmas, you don't have to go to the trouble of stringing a set of lights carefully round each branch.’
      • ‘A warm welcome home is extended to all visitors to our community who have travelled from near and far to be with loved ones this Christmas.’
      • ‘Things to do this Christmas: Go to the Greenwich Union, and spend an afternoon enjoying the lovely Beechwood Smoked Beer.’
      xmas, noel
      burra din
      chrimbo, chrissie
      yule, yuletide
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  • Expressing surprise, dismay, or despair.


Old English Crīstes mæsse (see Christ, Mass).