nativity

nativity
nativity (n.) c.1200, from O.Fr. nativité "birth" (12c.), from L.L. nativitatem (nom. nativitas) "birth," from L. nativus "born, native" (see NATIVE (Cf. native) (adj.)). Late Old English had nativiteð, from earlier O.Fr. nativited.

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  • nativity — n. (pl. ies) 1 (esp. the Nativity) a the birth of Christ. b the festival of Christ s birth; Christmas. 2 a picture of the Nativity. 3 birth. 4 the horoscope at a person s birth. 5 a the birth of the Virgin Mary or St John the Baptist. b the… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Nativity — [[t]nətɪ̱vɪti[/t]] N SING: the N The Nativity is the birth of Jesus, which is celebrated by Christians at Christmas. They admired the tableau of the Nativity. ...the Nativity story …   English dictionary

  • Nativity — /nəˈtɪvəti/ (say nuh tivuhtee) Christianity –noun 1. the birth of Christ. 2. the church festival commemorating the birth of Christ; Christmas. 3. a representation of the birth of Christ, as in art. –adjective 4. of or relating to the Nativity:… …   Australian-English dictionary

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