Boxing Day

Boxing Day

noun
(in Britain) the first weekday after Christmas, when Christmas gifts or boxes are given to employees, letter carriers, etc.

Origin:
1825–35

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Boxing Day
 
n
(Brit) the first day (traditionally and strictly, the first weekday) after Christmas, observed as a holiday
 
[C19: from the custom of giving Christmas boxes to tradesmen and staff on this day]

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Boxing Day
1849, "first weekday after Christmas," on which postmen and others expect to receive a Christmas present, originally in reference to the custom of distributing the contents of the Christmas box, which was placed in the church for charity collections.
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