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Meaning of "Xmas" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD XMAS

From symbol X for Christ + -mas.
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PRONUNCIATION OF XMAS

Xmas  [ˈɛksməs] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF XMAS

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Xmas is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES XMAS MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Xmas

Xmas

Xmas is a common abbreviation of the word Christmas. It is sometimes pronounced /ˈɛksməs/, but it, and variants such as Xtemass, originated as handwriting abbreviations for the typical pronunciation /ˈkrɪsməs/. The "-mas" part is from the Latin-derived Old English word for Mass, while the "X" comes from the Greek letter Chi, which is the first letter of the Greek word Χριστός which comes into English as "Christ". There is a common misconception that the word Xmas stems from a secular attempt to remove the religious tradition from Christmas by taking the "Christ" out of "Christmas", but its use dates back to the 16th century.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH XMAS


anonymous
əˈnɒnɪməs
atmos
ˈætməs
autonomous
ɔːˈtɒnəməs
Christmas
ˈkrɪsməs
enormous
ɪˈnɔːməs
Erasmus
ɪˈræzməs
famous
ˈfeɪməs
hummus
ˈhʊməs
humus
ˈhjuːməs
hypothalamus
ˌhaɪpəˈθæləməs
infamous
ˈɪnfəməs
isthmus
ˈɪsməs
maximus
ˈmæksɪməs
Palmas
ˈpælməs
primus
ˈpraɪməs
synonymous
sɪˈnɒnɪməs
Thermos
ˈθɜːməs
Thomas
ˈtɒməs
unanimous
juːˈnænɪməs
world-famous
ˌwɜːldˈfeɪməs

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE XMAS

Xizang Autonomous Region
XL
XLNT
XML
Xn
Xnty
XO
xoana
xoanon
Xochimilco
XP
Xt
Xtian
Xty
xu
Xuan Zang
Xuan Zong
Xuan-tong
Xun Zi
Xuthus

WORDS THAT END LIKE XMAS

Bahamas
Cabimas
camas
Candlemas
doubting Thomas
Dumas
Father Christmas
Habermas
Hallowmas
Hamas
in inverted commas
John Thomas
Lammas
Las Palmas
mas
pajamas
pyjamas
Saint Thomas
the Bahamas
white Christmas

Synonyms and antonyms of Xmas in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «XMAS»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «Xmas» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of Xmas

Translation of «Xmas» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF XMAS

Find out the translation of Xmas to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of Xmas from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «Xmas» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

圣诞节
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

Navidades
570 millions of speakers

English

Xmas
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

क्रिसमस
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

كريسماس
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

Рождество
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

Natal
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

বড়দিনের পর্ব
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

Noël
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Xmas
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Weihnachten
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

クリスマス
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

크리스마스
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Xmas
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

Lễ Giáng sinh
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

கிறித்துமஸ்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

नाताळाचा सण
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

Noel
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

Natale
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

Boże Narodzenie
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

Різдво
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

Crăciun
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

Χριστούγεννα
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

Kersfees
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

jul
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

jul
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of Xmas

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «XMAS»

The term «Xmas» is very widely used and occupies the 10.356 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «XMAS» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «Xmas» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «Xmas» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about Xmas

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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «XMAS»

Discover the use of Xmas in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to Xmas and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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ghostgirl Xmas Spirit
Happy haunted holidays: ghostgirl is back in an all-new novella! This eBook novella continues the New York Times bestselling ghostgirl series by Tonya Hurley.
Tonya Hurley, 2012
2
Xmas in Las Vegas: A Play in Two Acts
The topic is sex, in all its mysterious and fascinating manifestations, and the treatment of this is so skillful, tasteful and explosively funny that the plays are not only captivating and
Jack Richardson, 1966
3
The Xmas Files: The Philosophy of Christmas
THE XMAS FILES is a philosophical meander though the myths and rituals of Christmas today, asking such important questions as does Santa exist? What's wrong with Christmas kitsch? Is it all just a commercial racket?
Stephen Law, 2011
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Evolution of an Xmas Letter: Holiday Greetings from Jon & Wendy
Now available in hardcover and paperback from international publisher, iUniverse, Evolution of an Xmas Letter is the complete and unabridged compendium of their body of work-to-date.
Jon Coile, 2005
5
The Xmas Factor
A perfect stocking filler to keep the whole family giggling. * Some facts may not be entirely true. ** Like this one. There are no Brussels sprouts included with this book. Sorry.
Jonathan Meres, 2012
6
War on Xmas - The Field Manual
Make Your Point With Cheeky Xmas Cards • Send out one with a picture of Jesus dressed like a Sandanista, with the title, “The Original Freedom Fighter”. • Be a helpful friend at the office. Offer to take someone's pile of Xmas Cards over to the  ...
Tom Schecker, Barry Nelson, 2006
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Fright Xmas
Chapter 10 The Naughty 'Noughties' – Keeping the 'X' in Xmas Just as the 1990s fairly brimmed like a Wassail tankard with tinsel-tinged terrors, tasteless turkeys and Ho-ho-horrors Good, Bad and Ugly, so it would continue into the new ...
Alan-Bertaneisson Jones, 2010
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Three Xmas Gifts and Other Tales
THREE XMAS GIFTS. THREE little elfin maidens Lil, Lal and Lu], lived in a fiaxbush in the middle of a great flax swamp. In their eyes their home was a palace—the smooth blades were polished staircases, and their summer bowers in the cups ...
A. D. Bright, 1901
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The Xmas Factor
She searched down her long handwritten list headed 'Things I have to do bloody sharpish' and crossed off 'Call Noel re: Xmas'. Maybe she wasn't a terminally crap stepmother after all, though Jacob's son madeita doddle. She walked back ...
Annie Sanders, 2010
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Whoever Stole My Xmas Decorations May You Rot in H*!!
Chapter. Four. Putting. Out. the. Lights. It was always a wonder to me, why someone would put out all of those decorations and add to the stockpile each and every year. I, too, have fallen prey to the “80% off all Xmas Decorations sale” in the ...
Michael Wollner, 2007

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «XMAS»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term Xmas is used in the context of the following news items.
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Quentin Tarantino's 'The Hateful Eight' to release on Xmas
Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight will premiere on December 25 in 70mm format in select theaters. The movie will hit theaters nationwide in ... «Times of India, Jun 15»
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Waters to put 'X in Xmas' in Clearwater one-man show
Cult film director John Waters will put “the X in Xmas” during an adult-themed performance at the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater. Waters, known for such films as ... «TBO.com, Mar 15»
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Lil Boosie -- I Was With My Kids on XMAS ... Pic is NOT Photoshopped
Lil Boosie Photoshop Kid Lil Boosie is outraged people think he abandoned his kids on XMAS day and then had the audacity to deceive people into thinking ... «TMZ.com, Jan 15»
4
Son's gift brings parents to tears
Merry Xmas," Riquelme said in a handwritten letter that he shared in a Facebook photo. An undeniably heartwarming video that Riquelme posted on YouTube ... «CNN, Dec 14»
5
Vic Xmas party gives 34 food poisoning
Vic Xmas party gives 34 food poisoning. National Breaking News. From: AAP; 4 months ago December 26, 2014 8:19PM. Share; Share on Facebook; Share on ... «NEWS.com.au, Dec 14»
6
Heidi Klum to spend Xmas with Seal and Vito
The 41-year-old model wants Vito Schnabel and Seal - the father of her kids Leni, 10, Henry, nine, Johan, eight, and Lou, five - to be part of her festive plans and ... «Hamilton Spectator, Dec 14»
7
Here's where all the Jews are hanging out on Xmas eve
matzoball capitale A growing number of savvy entrepreneurs are hosting events geared towards Jewish singles on Christmas Eve, and clubs are cashing in. «CNNMoney, Dec 14»
8
Online Shopping Glitch Sparks Xmas Lunch Fears
Online Shopping Glitch Sparks Xmas Lunch Fears. Customers fear they won't get groceries in time for Christmas lunch after online orders are wrongly cancelled. «Sky News, Dec 14»
9
Why we do what we do at Christmas
It's not unusual to see 'Christmas' shortened to 'Xmas'. While many believe that Christmas was dubbed Xmas because people wanted to remove all associations ... «NEWS.com.au, Dec 14»
10
Kerr s pricey Xmas gift - The West Australian
A source revealed the former Victoria's Secret Model - who has been romantically linked with the billionaire over the last year, despite repeatedly insisting she is ... «The West Australian, Dec 14»

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