nativity


Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to nativity: nativity play

na·tiv·i·ty

 (nə-tĭv′ĭ-tē, nā-)
n. pl. na·tiv·i·ties
1. Birth, especially the place, conditions, or circumstances of being born.
2. Nativity
a. The birth of Jesus.
b. A representation, such as a painting, of Jesus just after birth.
c. Christmas.
3. A horoscope for the time of one's birth.

[Middle English nativite, from Old French, from Latin nātīvitās, from nātīvus, born; see native.]

nativity

(nəˈtɪvɪtɪ)
n, pl -ties
birth or origin, esp in relation to the circumstances surrounding it
[C14: via Old French from Late Latin nātīvitas birth: see native]

Nativity

(nəˈtɪvɪtɪ)
n
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) the birth of Jesus Christ
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) the feast of Christmas as a commemoration of this
3. (Art Terms)
a. an artistic representation of the circumstances of the birth of Christ
b. (as modifier): a Nativity play.

na•tiv•i•ty

(nəˈtɪv ɪ ti, neɪ-)

n., pl. -ties.
1. birth, esp. with reference to place or attendant circumstances.
2. (cap.) the birth of Christ.
3. (cap.) Christmas.
4. a horoscope of a person's birth.
[1200–50; Middle English nativite < Old French nativité < Late Latin nātīvitās]

nativity

1. the time, place, and circumstances of a person’s birth.
2. the configuration of the planets at the time of a person’s birth and a representation, as a chart, of that configuration.
See also: Astrology, Birth
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.nativity - the event of being bornnativity - the event of being born; "they celebrated the birth of their first child"
alteration, change, modification - an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another; "the change was intended to increase sales"; "this storm is certainly a change for the worse"; "the neighborhood had undergone few modifications since his last visit years ago"
delivery - the event of giving birth; "she had a difficult delivery"
live birth - the birth of a living fetus (regardless of the length of gestation)
posthumous birth - birth of a child by Caesarean section after the death of the mother
posthumous birth - birth of a child after the father has died
rebirth, reincarnation, renascence - a second or new birth
2.nativity - the theological doctrine that Jesus Christ had no human fatherNativity - the theological doctrine that Jesus Christ had no human father; Christians believe that Jesus's birth fulfilled Old Testament prophecies and was attended by miracles; the Nativity is celebrated at Christmas
Christian theology - the teachings of Christian churches
theological doctrine - the doctrine of a religious group

nativity

noun (usually capital) birth of Christ, manger scene a beautiful painting depicting the Nativity
Translations
naştere

nativity

[nəˈtɪvɪtɪ]
A. N
1. (gen) → natividad f
2. (Rel) the Nativityla Natividad
3. (Art) Nativitynacimiento m
B. CPD Nativity play Nauto m de Navidad
Nativity scene Nbelén m, nacimiento m

Nativity

[nəˈtɪvɪti] n (RELIGION) the Nativity → la Nativiténativity play npièce f représentant la Nativité

nativity

nGeburt f; the NativityChristi Geburt f; (= picture)die Geburt Christi; nativity playKrippenspiel nt

Nativity

[nəˈtɪvɪtɪ] n (Rel) the Nativityla Natività

nativity

n. natividad, nacimiento.
References in classic literature ?
Nor was she entitled to complain of any remarkable singularity in her fate; for, in the town of her nativity, we might point to several little shops of a similar description, some of them in houses as ancient as that of the Seven Gables; and one or two, it may be, where a decayed gentlewoman stands behind the counter, as grim an image of family pride as Miss Hepzibah Pyncheon herself.
In Missouri a recognized superiority attached to any person who hailed from Old Virginia; and this superiority was exalted to supremacy when a person of such nativity could also prove descent from the First Families of that great commonwealth.
They bore their confinement, and received their sentence with a fortitude and resignation altogether unexpected; but when the hour of embarkation arrived, in which they were to leave the land of their nativity forever--to part with their friends and relatives, without the hope of ever seeing them again, and to be dispersed among strangers, whose language, customs and religion were opposed to their own, the weakness of human nature prevailed, and they were overpowered with the sense of their miseries.
John,” said the divine, when the figure of Judge Temple disappeared, the last of the group, “to-morrow is the festival of the nativity of our blessed Redeemer, when the church has appointed prayers and thanksgivings to be offered up by her children, and when all are invited to partake of the mystical elements.
Pena, that the Queen Mother, who was given to curious arts, caused the King her husband's nativity to be calculated, under a false name; and the astrologer gave a judgment, that he should be killed in a duel; at which the Queen laughed, thinking her husband to be above challenges and duels: but he was slain upon a course at tilt, the splinters of the staff of Montgomery going in at his beaver.
In the huge Church of the Nativity, in Bethlehem, built fifteen hundred years ago by the inveterate St.
The prince took a cab and drove to a street near the Nativity, where he soon discovered the house he was seeking.
These bells reminded Pierre that it was Sunday and the feast of the Nativity of the Virgin.
The females never learn them, since from birth to death they never leave the clearing in which the village of their nativity is situated except they be taken to mate by a male from another village, or captured in war by the enemies of their tribe.
Not for an instant did I regret the world of my nativity.
At thy nativity a glorious quire Of Angels, in the fields of Bethlehem, sung To shepherds, watching at their folds by night, And told them the Messiah now was born, Where they might see him; and to thee they came, Directed to the manger where thou lay'st; For in the inn was left no better room.
He once wrote a Nativity play that brought him quite a bit of local appreciation.