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Christmas (, meaning "Christ's Mass") is an annual commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ and a widely observed holiday, celebrated generally on December 25 by billions of people around the world.

Christmas n 1: period extending from Dec. 24 to Jan. 6 [syn: {Christmastide}, {Christmastime}, {Yule}, {Yuletide}, {Noel}] 2: a Christian holiday celebrating the birth of Christ; a quarter day in England, Wales, and Ireland [syn: {Christmas Day}, {Xmas}, {Dec 25}] v : spend Christmas; "We were christmassing in New York"

58 Moby Thesaurus words for "Christmas": Advent, Allhallowmas, Allhallows, Allhallowtide, Annunciation, Annunciation Day, Ascension Day, Ash Wednesday, Candlemas, Candlemas Day, Carnival, Corpus Christi, Easter, Easter Monday, Easter Saturday, Easter Sunday, Eastertide, Ember days, Epiphany, Good Friday, Halloween, Hallowmas, Holy Thursday, Holy Week, Lady Day, Lammas, Lammas Day, Lammastide, Lent, Lententide, Mardi Gras, Martinmas, Maundy Thursday, Michaelmas, Michaelmas Day, Michaelmastide, Nativity, Palm Sunday, Pancake Day, Passion Week, Pentecost, Quadragesima, Quadragesima Sunday, Septuagesima, Shrove Tuesday, Trinity Sunday, Twelfth-day, Twelfth-tide, Whit-Tuesday, White Sunday, Whitmonday, Whitsun, Whitsunday, Whitsuntide, Whitweek, noel, yule, yuletide

Christmas \Christ"mas\, n. [Christ + mass.] An annual church festival (December 25) and in some States a legal holiday, in memory of the birth of Christ, often celebrated by a particular church service, and also by special gifts, greetings, and hospitality. [1913 Webster] {Christmas box}. (a) A box in which presents are deposited at Christmas. (b) A present or small gratuity given to young people and servants at Christmas; a Christmas gift. {Christmas carol}, a carol sung at, or suitable for, Christmas. {Christmas day}. Same as {Christmas}. {Christmas eve}, the evening before Christmas. {Christmas fern} (Bot.), an evergreen North American fern ({Aspidium acrostichoides}), which is much used for decoration in winter. {Christmas flower}, {Christmas rose}, the black hellebore, a poisonous plant of the buttercup family, which in Southern Europe often produces beautiful roselike flowers midwinter. {Christmas tree}, a small evergreen tree, set up indoors, to be decorated with bonbons, presents, etc., and illuminated on Christmas eve. [1913 Webster]

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Hanukkah (, Tiberian: , usually spelled , pronounced in Modern Hebrew; a transliteration also romanized as Chanukah, Chanukkah or Chanuka), also known as the Festival of Lights, is an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple (the Second Temple) in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt of the 2nd century BCE.

Hanukkah n : (Judaism) an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Temple of Jerusalem in 165 BC [syn: {Hanukah}, {Hannukah}, {Chanukah}, {Chanukkah}, {Channukah}, {Channukkah}, {Festival of Lights}, {Feast of Lights}, {Feast of Dedication}, {Feast of the Dedication}]

Hanukka \Ha"nuk*ka\, or Hanukkah \Ha"nuk*kah\, n. [Heb. khanukk[=a]h.] The Jewish Feast of the Dedication, instituted by Judas Maccab[ae]us, his brothers, and the whole congregation of Israel, in 165 b. c., to commemorate the dedication of the new altar set up at the purification of the temple of Jerusalem to replace the altar which had been polluted by Antiochus Epiphanes of Syria (--1 Maccabees i. 58, iv. 59). The feast, which is mentioned in John x. 22, is held for eight days (beginning with the 25th day of Kislev, corresponding to December), and is celebrated everywhere, chiefly as a festival of lights, by the Jews. [Also spelled {Chanuka}.] Syn: Chanukah, Festival of Lights, Feast of Dedication, Feast of the Dedication. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

Data Sources:

  • christmas: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • christmas: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • christmas: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • christmas: U.S. Gazetteer (1990)
  • hanukkah: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • hanukkah: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44

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