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Xmas

[kris-muh s or, often, eks-muh s] /ˈkrɪs məs or, often, ˈɛks məs/
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Usage note
The abbreviation Xmas for Christmas dates from the mid 16th century. The X is the Greek letter chi, the initial in the word Χριστός (Christos) “Christ.” In spite of a long and respectable history, today Xmas is offensive to many, perhaps because of its associations with advertising. It is not used in formal writing.
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British Dictionary definitions for Xmas

Xmas

/ˈɛksməs; ˈkrɪsməs/
noun
1.
(informal) short for Christmas
Word Origin
C16: from symbol X for Christ + -mas
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Word Origin and History for Xmas
Xmas
"Christmas," 1551, X'temmas, wherein the X is an abbreviation for Christ in Christmas, from first letter of Gk. Christos "Christ" (see Christ). The earlier way to abbreviate it was Xp- or Xr-, corresponding to "Chr-," and the form Xres mæsse for "Christmas" appears in the "Anglo-Saxon Chronicle" (c.1100).
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Related Abbreviations for Xmas

Xmas

Christmas
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