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Boxing Day

(in Britain) the first weekday after Christmas, when Christmas gifts or boxes are given to employees, letter carriers, etc.
Origin of Boxing Day
First recorded in 1825-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Wimp had hardly expected to find anybody at the house on Boxing Day, but he did not care to waste a day.

    The Big Bow Mystery I. Zangwill
British Dictionary definitions for Boxing Day

Boxing Day

(Brit) the first day (traditionally and strictly, the first weekday) after Christmas, observed as a holiday
Word Origin
C19: from the custom of giving Christmas boxes to tradesmen and staff on this day
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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