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Childermas

[chil-der-muh s] /ˈtʃɪl dər məs/
noun, Chiefly British
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English chyldermasse, equivalent to Old English cildra (genitive plural of cild child) + mæsse Mass
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childermas

/ˈtʃɪldəˌmæs/
noun
1.
(archaic) Holy Innocents Day, Dec 28
Word Origin
Old English cylda-mæsse, from cildra, genitive plural of child, + mæsseMass
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Word Origin and History for Childermas
n.

"festival of the Holy Innocents" (Dec. 28), late Old English *cildramæsse (c.1000), from obsolete plural of child (q.v.) + mass (n.2).

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