Definition of The Twelve Days of Christmas from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


The Twelve Days of Christmas

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a traditional song often sung at Christmas. It is about a person who receives a gift for each of the twelve days of Christmas. The song begins: 'On the first day of Christmas, my true love sent to me/A partridge in a pear tree.’ Finally, on the 12th and last day, the person receives 'twelve lords a-leaping'.