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Posted by Bruce Kahl on December 27, 1999

In Reply to: Christmas posted by 254 on December 27, 1999

: Does anyone know what the 'mas' bit of 'Christmas'
: means?

Main Entry: Christ·mas
Pronunciation: 'kris-m&s
Function: noun
Usage: often attributive
Etymology: Middle English Christemasse, from Old English Cristes mæsse, literally, Christ's mass
Date: before 12th century