Definition of Christmas in US English:



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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Maybe we spend all our adult lives trying to recreate the sense of wonderment and joy and downright contentedness that childhood Christmases brought.’
    • ‘It also revealed Hereford as home to the country's most devoted churchgoers, with one in 10 expected to turn out this Christmas.’
    • ‘The more Christmases I experience, despite being an agnostic, the more I appreciate the more traditional version.’
    • ‘He won't miss the 4am wake-up calls or Christmases offshore, but other things will be harder to lose.’
    • ‘One month later, just before Christmas, Jayson punched a hole in the French doors of their house and threw a broom at Dionne.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For Briggs, an only child, Christmas evokes memories of happier Christmases past, when his mother and father and his wife were still alive.’
    • ‘For a persistent majority of Canadians, Christmas is typically the most important day of their year.’
    • ‘Children can track Santa's progress on the web again this Christmas.’
    • ‘All that being said, this column is not a call for a return to the dour puritan Christmases enforced by Cromwell.’
    • ‘She writes an editorial every month in which she reminisces about Christmases, or Easters, or Summers of yore.’
    • ‘It is the Ghost of Christmas Past, and he takes Scrooge to the previous Christmases of his life.’
    • ‘Pink clothes, a fluffy portable radio and a CD player to play her Barbie girl CD have all delighted her this Christmas.’
    • ‘I love Christmas, and whilst some Christmases have been better than others it is an event I look forward to every year.’
    • ‘Our Christmases have always been somewhat unconventional.’
    • ‘He had spent the last three Christmases in custody.’
    • ‘But this is the week before Christmas and later in the day there will be hot winds, dust and flies.’
    • ‘Am I the only one who feels that Christmases are not what they used to be?’
    • ‘He spent Christmases at Chatsworth with the Devonshires.’
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    1. 1.1 The period immediately before and after December 25.
      ‘we had guests over Christmas’
      • ‘Things to do this Christmas: Go to the Greenwich Union, and spend an afternoon enjoying the lovely Beechwood Smoked Beer.’
      • ‘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 station commander said it was designed to be a light-hearted reminder to motorists to drive safely this Christmas.’
      • ‘It is commendable, therefore, that the Trades Union Congress is collecting and distributing toys to refugee children this Christmas.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He doesn't know if he will see his children this Christmas.’
      • ‘On hearing about financial problems striking firemen may face this Christmas, a boy persuaded his mum to buy some gifts for their children.’
      • ‘Baby dolls are the must-have for many little girls 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘This has been one of the worst Christmases for the retail trade for many years,’ says Geoff.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Record-breaking numbers of holidaymakers are expected to head for the sun and slopes from Stansted Airport this Christmas.’
      • ‘Pennypinching local businesses have been blamed for a festive blackout which will leave Ongar High Street in the dark this Christmas.’
      • ‘Toys that were must-haves for children back in the 1980s are set to enchant a new generation this Christmas.’
      • ‘He was also thinking about all those Christmases the soldiers had spent away from their families.’
      • ‘The public was urged to be vigilant when out and about this Christmas, especially if people saw suspicious packages, objects or vehicles.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘McDonald said that very generally, he wanted to appeal to women on nights out to take particular care this Christmas.’
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  • Expressing surprise, dismay, or despair.


Old English Crīstes mæsse (see Christ, Mass).