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Xmas

[ kris-muhs or, often, eks-muhs ]
/ ˈkrɪs məs or, often, ˈɛks məs /
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abbreviation
Often Offensive. Christmas.
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usage note for Xmas

The abbreviation Xmas for Christmas dates from the mid 16th century. The X is the Greek letter chi, the initial letter in the word Χριστός ( Chrīstos ) “Christ.” In spite of a long and respectable history, today Xmas is offensive to many, perhaps because of its associations with advertising. It is not used in formal writing.

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British Dictionary definitions for Xmas

Xmas
/ (ˈɛksməs, ˈkrɪsməs) /

noun
informal short for Christmas

Word Origin for Xmas

C16: from symbol X for Christ + -mas
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