[ yool-tahyd ]
/ ˈyulˌtaɪd /
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the Christmas season.
of or relating to the Christmas season.
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Origin of yuletide

late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75; see origin at yule, tide1

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What does yuletide mean?

Yuletide is sometimes used as another word for Christmastime—the Christmas season.

The word yule can be used as another name for Christmas, the Christian holiday to celebrate the birth of Jesus. It can also be used to mean the same thing as yuletide—the Christmas season.

However, yule can also refer to the celebration of the Winter Solstice that’s observed in some Pagan traditions, and yuletide can be applied to the time when this is observed.

Regardless of which holiday is being observed, yuletide occurs in late December.

When it’s used in reference to Christmas, yuletide is often intended to sound a bit old-timey—yuletide carols being sung by a choir, and all that.

Example: I cherish the yuletide memories of my youth, of sitting by the hearth and listening to tales of Christmases gone by.

Where does yuletide come from?

The first records of the word yuletide come from the 1400s. The word yule is older, first recorded before 900. It comes from Old English geōl, meaning “Christmas day” or “Christmastide” (a word for the period from Christmas Eve to related feast days in early January). This term is related to the Old Norse jōl, the name of the Pagan winter feast lasting 12 days whose name was later applied to Christmas.

The word tide refers to a specific period or time or season. It is used in the same way in other words that refers to seasons, such as wintertide (a less common word for wintertime), or periods surrounding holidays, such as Christmastide and Eastertide. Though yuletide has the same ending as Christmastide, yuletide is typically used to refer to the general season of Christmastime, as opposed to a specific period starting on Christmas Eve.

Many of the customs of the Pagan feast of yule influenced the ways that Christmas is celebrated, such as the tradition of burning a yule log at Christmastime.

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How is yuletide used in real life?

Yuletide is typically used as an old-fashioned word for Christmastime.


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I love all of our yuletide traditions, but decorating the house with greens is my favorite.

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