Nativity meaning

nə-tĭvĭ-tē, nā-
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Birth, esp. with reference to place, time, or accompanying conditions.
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A representation of the newborn Jesus, typically as part of a grouping that includes Mary, Joseph, the Magi, etc.
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Birth, especially the place, conditions, or circumstances of being born.
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A horoscope for the time of one's birth.
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The horoscope for the time of a given person's birth.
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(now dated) Someone's birth; the place, time and circumstances of a birth. [from 14th c.]
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(also with capital initial) The birth of Jesus. [from 14th c.]
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(Christianity) The festival celebrating the birth of Jesus; Christmas Day. [from 12th c.]
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(astrology) Someone's birth considered as a means of astrology; a horoscope associated with a person's birth. [from 14th c.]
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(Christianity) The birth of Jesus as described in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke.
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(by extension) Christmas.
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the Nativity
  • The birth of Jesus.
  • Christmas Day.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

the Nativity

Origin of nativity

  • Middle English nativite from Old French from Latin nātīvitās from nātīvus born native

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Anglo-Norman nativite, Middle French nativite, and their source, Latin nātÄ«vitās (“birth").

    From Wiktionary