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

Definition of Advent 

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

2a : the coming of Christ at the Incarnation (see incarnation sense 1a(2))

b : second coming

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

First Known Use of Advent

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Advent

Middle English, borrowed from Medieval Latin adventus, going back to Latin, "arrival, appearance," from adven-, variant stem of advenīre "to arrive" (from ad- ad- + venīre "to come," going back to Indo-European *gwem-i̯e-) + -tus, suffix of action nouns — more at come entry 1

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ad·vent | \ˈad-ˌvent\

Kids Definition of advent

: the arrival or coming of something the advent of spring

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