noun Etymology: X (symbol for Christ, from the Greek letter chi (X), initial of Christos Christ) + -mas (in Christmas) Date: 1551 Christmas

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  • Xmas — is used in informal written English to represent the word Christmas. It would be nice to have my Dad home for Xmas …   English dictionary

  • Xmas — Xmas. (auch bloß Xm.), in England gebräuchliche Abkürzung für Christmas (Weihnachten) …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Xmas —   [ ɪksmɛs], in Großbritannien und v. a. in den USA Kurzbezeichnung für Christmas …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Xmas — Christmas, 1551, X temmas, wherein the X is an abbreviation for Christ in Christmas, from first letter of Gk. Christos Christ (see CHRIST (Cf. Christ)). The earlier way to abbreviate it was Xp or Xr , corresponding to Chr , and the form Xres… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Xmas — (Christmas) krɪsmÉ™s n. Christian holiday commemorating the birth of Jesus …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Xmas — In this abbreviated form of the name Christmas, first recorded in the 18c, the initial X represents a Greek chi (= ch), the first letter of the name Christ. It is a convenient shortening commonly used in newspaper headlines, on cards, and in… …   Modern English usage

  • Xmas — [n] Christmas Christmastide, Christmastime, festive season, Nativity, Noel, Yule, Yuletide; concept 802 …   New thesaurus

  • Xmas — [eks′məs] n. [see XP] informal var. of CHRISTMAS …   English World dictionary

  • xmas — 1. (xmas) (322↑, 50↓) An abbreviation for Christmas, from the Greek spelling of Christ, the first letter of which was chi ( X ). Merry X mas. Author: Alexei http://xmas.urbanup.com/409200 2. (Xmas) (250↑, 29↓) Contrary to popular belief, the X in …   Urban English dictionary

  • Xmas — For the Italian frogman unit Xª MAS , see Decima Flottiglia MAS. A 1922 Ladies Home Journal advertisement using Xmas . Xmas is a common abbreviation of the word Christmas . It is sometimes pronounced …   Wikipedia

  • Xmas — Die Schreibweise X mas oder Xmas, auch Xtmas oder Xstmas, wird im englischen Sprachraum, vor allem in den USA, häufig als Abkürzung für das Wort Christmas (Weihnachten) verwendet. Seit frühchristlicher Zeit diente der griechische Buchstabe Chi… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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