[kris-muh s-tahyd]


the festival season from Christmas to after New Year's Day.
the period from Christmas Eve to Epiphany, especially in England.

Origin of Christmastide

First recorded in 1620–30; Christmas + tide1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for christmastide

Yule, Christmastide, nativity, Christmastime, Yuletide, Noel, Xmas

Examples from the Web for christmastide

Historical Examples of christmastide

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

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service

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

    A Little Girl in Old Detroit

    Amanda Minnie Douglas

  • 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.

    Miss Santa Claus of the Pullman

    Annie Fellows Johnston

  • 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



another name for Christmas (def. 3)
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Word Origin and History for christmastide



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper