- the act or an instance of visiting; esp., an official visit to inspect or examine, as that made by a bishop to a church in his diocese
- a visiting of reward or, esp., punishment, as by God
- any affliction or disaster thought of as an act of God
- the legal right of a divorced or separated parent to visit a child
- such a visit
- the custom of visiting the mourning family of a deceased person
- such visiting or the time during which it is done
- Zool. migration of animals or birds to a particular place at an unusual time or in unusual numbers
Origin of visitationOld French from Classical Latin visitatio
- the visit of the Virgin Mary to Elizabeth: Luke 1:39-56
- a church feast (May 31) commemorating this
- The action or an instance of visiting or an instance of being visited: rules governing visitation at a prison.
- An official visit for the purpose of inspection or examination, as of a bishop to a diocese.
- The provision made for a parent to spend time with a child who is in the physical custody of another.
- A gathering of people in remembrance of a deceased person, especially in the presence of the body at a funeral home.
- a. An inflicting of punishment or affliction or a dispensation of comfort and blessing regarded as being ordained by God.b. A calamitous event or experience; a grave misfortune: a visitation of an epidemic.
- The appearance or arrival of a supernatural being.
- Visitation Roman Catholic Church a. The visit of the Virgin Mary to her cousin Elizabeth.b. May 31, observed in commemoration of this event.