Complete Definition of "Xmas"

English

Etymology
Xmas is an abbreviation for Christmas. It is derived from the word ΧÏιÏÏοÏ, transliterated as Christos, which is Greek for Christ. See w:Xmas|Wikipedia for more discussion.

Pronunciation
IPA: /ËkrɪsmÉs/, /ËeksmÉs/
SAMPA: /"[email protected]/, /"[email protected]/
AHD: /krÄ­s'mÉs/, /eks'mÉs/

abbreviation
Xmas

  1. Christmas

Usage notes
Despite evidence of a Greek precedent, the term Christmas being abbreviated as "Xmas" or "X-mas" was uncommon before the mid-to-late 1900s. Many Christians now take offense at this abbreviation, viewing it as a symbol of commercialism, while trivializing the most important event of the season, the prophesied birth of Jesus, the Christ.

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