- (in Britain) the first weekday after Christmas, when Christmas gifts or boxes are given to employees, letter carriers, etc.
Origin of Boxing Day
Examples from the Web for boxing day
I wonder—how does their work seem to Them upon this morning after Boxing-day?
Let us turn into the British Museum and see sensible, decorous Boxing-day there.
Boxing-day on the river: The silent street is almost deserted.
But let us pass on to the artistic Boxing-day keepers at the National Gallery.
Such a disappointment must not be inflicted upon any family on Boxing-day.The Following of the Star
Florence L. Barclay
- British the first day (traditionally and strictly, the first weekday) after Christmas, observed as a holiday
Word Origin and History for boxing day
1809, "first weekday after Christmas," on which postmen and others expect to receive a Christmas present, originally in reference to the custom of distributing the contents of the Christmas box, which was placed in the church for charity collections. See box (n.1). The custom is older than the phrase.