from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The season of Yule.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The time or season of Yule or Christmas.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Christmas time; Christmastide; the season of Christmas.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun dated The period of celebration of a pre-Christian festival associated with the (northern) winter solstice, later absorbed into the festival of Christmas.
  • noun dated Christmas season, the period around Christmas, Christmastime.
  • noun Australia, regional The period of southern winter, sometimes celebrated in the colder, snowy regions of Australia with allusions to Christmas and snow, originally a marketing gimmick.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun period extending from Dec. 24 to Jan. 6


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Yule +‎ -tide (“period around a holiday”), from Old English tīd ("time")


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