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noun na·tiv·i·ty \nə-ˈti-və-tē, nā-\

Definition of nativity

plural

nativities

  1. 1 :  the process or circumstances of being born :  birth; especially capitalized :  the birth of Jesus

  2. 2 :  a horoscope at or of the time of one's birth

  3. 3 :  the place of origin



Examples of nativity in a sentence

  1. <my father and grandparents were proud observers of my nativity>



Did You Know?

Nativity is one of many words born of the Latin verb nasci, which means "to be born." The gestation of the word was a long one. "Nasci" developed in Latin into nativitas, meaning "birth," which passed through Middle French as nativité before entering English in the 14th century. "Nativity" has many siblings and cousins in our language; other terms of the lineage of "nasci" include "cognate," "innate," "nascent," "native," and "renaissance."

Origin and Etymology of nativity

Middle English nativite, from Anglo-French nativité, from Medieval Latin nativitat-, nativitas, from Late Latin, birth, from Latin nativus


First Known Use: 14th century



NATIVITY Defined for Kids

Nativity

noun Na·tiv·i·ty \nə-ˈti-və-tē\

Definition of Nativity for Students

plural

Nativities

  1. :  the birth of Jesus Christ <a Nativity scene>





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