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Advent

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noun Ad·vent \ˈad-ˌvent, chiefly British -vənt\

Definition of Advent

  1. 1 :  the period beginning four Sundays before Christmas and observed by some Christians as a season of prayer and fasting

  2. 2 a :  the coming of Christ at the Incarnation b :  second coming

  3. 3 not capitalized :  a coming into being or use <the advent of spring> <the advent of pasteurization> <the advent of personal computers>



Origin and Etymology of advent

Middle English, from Medieval Latin adventus, from Latin, arrival, from advenire


First Known Use: 12th century

Other Christian Religious Terms



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