Boxing Day


noun

(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
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Boxing Day

noun

British the first day (traditionally and strictly, the first weekday) after Christmas, observed as a holiday

Word Origin for Boxing Day

C19: from the custom of giving Christmas boxes to tradesmen and staff on this day
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