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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Christmas, or the season or feast celebrating Christmas.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. Christmastide, the Christmas season, the Twelve Days of Christmas (between December 24th and January 6th).
  • proper n. A pagan wintertime holiday celebrated by Germanic peoples, particularly the Scandinavian and Anglo-Saxon peoples, or a modern reconstruction of this holiday celebrated by neo-pagans.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Christmas or Christmastide; the feast of the Nativity of our Savior.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To celebrate Yule or Christmas.
  • n. The season or feast of Christmas.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. period extending from Dec. 24 to Jan. 6

Etymologies

Middle English yole, from Old English geōl.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Middle English yole, from Old English geōl, geola ("Christmastide, midwinter"), either cognate with[2][3] or from[4][5] Old Norse jól. From Proto-Germanic *jehwlan. (Wiktionary)

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