an·​nun·​ci·​a·​tion | \ ə-ˌnən(t)-sē-ˈā-shən How to pronounce annunciation (audio) \

Definition of annunciation

1 capitalized : March 25 observed as a church festival in commemoration of the announcement of the Incarnation to the Virgin Mary
2 : the act of announcing or of being announced : announcement

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Recent Examples on the Web These will cover the birth and annunciation of Jesus and the journey and adoration of the Magi. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, "Apollo’s Fire takes holiday road less traveled with Bach’s Christmas Oratorio," 4 Dec. 2019 Thanks to a deep, Southern tone, there's a gravity to his voice, and yet, DaBaby still manages to swiftly deliver syllable-spewing rhymes with clear annunciation. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "DaBaby is the breakout rapper of 2019. His Milwaukee 'Kirk' tour stop proves superstardom is next.," 18 Nov. 2019 Maull said the university adopted the automatic voice annunciation system in 2012. Elena Mejia Lutz, Indianapolis Star, "DoubleMap innovates transportation system for the blind," 7 July 2017

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First Known Use of annunciation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for annunciation

Middle English annunciacioun, from Anglo-French annuntiatun, from Late Latin annuntiation-, annuntiatio, from Latin annuntiare — more at announce

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The first known use of annunciation was in the 14th century

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“Annunciation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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