X·mas (krĭsməs, ĕksməs)
[From X, the Greek letter chi, first letter of Greek Khrīstos, Christ; see CHRIST.]
Usage Note: The pronunciation (ĕksməs) is the result of a misinterpretation of the abbreviation Xmas, where the X actually represents a Greek chi, the first letter of Khrīstos, "Christ." This pronunciation is informal.
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