Boxing Day

noun
  1. (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
  1. 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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Word Origin and History for boxing day

Boxing Day

n.

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.

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