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Christmastide

[kris-muh s-tahyd]
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noun
  1. the festival season from Christmas to after New Year's Day.
  2. the period from Christmas Eve to Epiphany, especially in England.

Origin of Christmastide

First recorded in 1620–30; Christmas + tide1
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Examples from the Web for christmastide

Historical Examples

  • The place was crowded with revellers of the Christmastide, and geese were being diced for.

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    Robert W. Service

  • I wish he were younger, but it will be gay at Christmastide, and my own home will be much to me.

  • That Christmastide, then, was a time of anxiety, but not of settled gloom.

  • Instantly the engine was a little boy again all a-tingle with this new delicious mystery of Christmastide.

  • In the interests of peace and goodwill, I would sanction a meeting between you and him at Christmastide.'

    Niece Catherine

    Mary Hampden


British Dictionary definitions for christmastide

Christmastide

noun
  1. another name for Christmas (def. 3)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for christmastide

Christmastide

n.

1620s, from Christmas + tide (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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