Christmas day

Christmas day
Christmas Christ"mas, n. [Christ + mass.] An annual church festival (December 25) and in some States a legal holiday, in memory of the birth of Christ, often celebrated by a particular church service, and also by special gifts, greetings, and hospitality. [1913 Webster]

{Christmas box}. (a) A box in which presents are deposited at Christmas. (b) A present or small gratuity given to young people and servants at Christmas; a Christmas gift.

{Christmas carol}, a carol sung at, or suitable for, Christmas.

{Christmas day}. Same as {Christmas}.

{Christmas eve}, the evening before Christmas.

{Christmas fern} (Bot.), an evergreen North American fern ({Aspidium acrostichoides}), which is much used for decoration in winter.

{Christmas flower}, {Christmas rose}, the black hellebore, a poisonous plant of the buttercup family, which in Southern Europe often produces beautiful roselike flowers midwinter.

{Christmas tree}, a small evergreen tree, set up indoors, to be decorated with bonbons, presents, etc., and illuminated on Christmas eve. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Christmas Day — n [U] December 25th, the day when most Christians celebrate the birth of Christ ▪ I always spend Christmas Day with my family. ▪ We ll be at home on Christmas Day …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Christmas Day — See quarter day. Collins dictionary of law. W. J. Stewart. 2001 …   Law dictionary

  • Christmas Day — noun count or uncount December 25, celebrated by Christians as the day that Jesus Christ was born …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Christmas Day — UK / US noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms Christmas Day : singular Christmas Day plural Christmas Days 25 December, celebrated by Christians as the day that Jesus Christ was born …   English dictionary

  • Christmas Day — N UNCOUNT Christmas Day is the 25th of December, when Christmas is celebrated …   English dictionary

  • Christmas Day —    Christmas is preeminently a Church Festival, and observed on December 25th. On this day the Church celebrates with joy, gladness and exultation the Nativity of her Lord, who became Incarnate (i.e., took our nature upon Him) and was born of a… …   American Church Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Christmas Day — noun a Christian holiday celebrating the birth of Christ; a quarter day in England, Wales, and Ireland • Syn: ↑Christmas, ↑Xmas, ↑Dec 25 • Hypernyms: ↑legal holiday, ↑national holiday, ↑public holiday, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • Christmas Day — noun the day on which Christmas is celebrated. Usually held on December 25 in the West, and January 7 in some Eastern Orthodox churches. See Also: Christmas Eve …   Wiktionary

  • Christmas Day — /krɪsməs ˈdeɪ/ (say krismuhs day) noun the day on which the birth of Christ is celebrated; 25 December for Western Christians, as Catholics and Protestants, 6 or 7 January for Eastern Christians, as members of the Orthodox Church and Copts; often …   Australian English dictionary

  • Christmas Day — noun (C, U) December 25th, the day when Christians celebrate the birth of Christ …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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