Xmas is an abbreviation for Christmas. It is derived from the word Î§ÏĀÎ¹ÏÉÏĄÎ¿Ïā, transliterated as Christos, which is Greek for Christ. See w:Xmas|Wikipedia for more discussion.
IPA: /ËąkrÉªsmÉôs/, /ËąeksmÉôs/
SAMPA: /"[email protected]/, /"[email protected]/
AHD: /krÄs'mÉôs/, /eks'mÉôs/
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.