na·​tal | \ ˈnā-tᵊl How to pronounce natal (audio) \

Definition of natal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : native
2 : of, relating to, or present at birth especially : associated with one's birth a natal star


geographical name
Na·​tal | \ nə-ˈtal How to pronounce Natal (audio) , -ˈtäl \

Definition of Natal (Entry 2 of 2)

1 city and port on the Atlantic in northeastern Brazil population 803,739

Note: Natal serves as capital of the state of Rio Grande do Norte.

2 former province of the eastern part of the Republic of South Africa between the Drakensberg Mountains and the Indian Ocean

Note: Natal is now part of the province of KwaZulu-Natal.

Examples of natal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The sojourn puts him hundreds of miles away from the Oregon state line and his natal territory. Nora Mishanec, San Francisco Chronicle, "Oregon wolf has traveled deeper into California than any lobo in recent years," 27 Feb. 2021 The bill requires the state to cover pre- and post-natal care for uninsured mothers legally residing in South Carolina. Vivian Jones, Washington Examiner, "South Carolina Democrats walk out of heartbeat abortion debate, bill advances," 18 Feb. 2021 Nobody knows what percentage of the population identifies as trans, but since younger people, especially natal females, are more likely to be trans, there are probably clusters in liberal enclaves such as university towns. The Economist, "Trans identity becomes an issue in Britain’s census," 16 Feb. 2021 If the realization that cusps aren't real is giving you a minor identity crisis, plug your birth info into a natal chart generator, such as the one on or Elizabeth Gulino,, "Why Some Astrologers Don’t Believe In Zodiac Cusps," 22 Jan. 2021 Left-leaning writers ordinarily take a skeptical view of population increases—more people means more environmental degradation—whereas pro-natal policies are typically associated with the right. Barton Swaim, WSJ, "‘One Billion Americans’ Review: More People, Fewer Problems," 6 Dec. 2020 The Martins visited Colin daily in the neo-natal intensive care unit. Jaenique Hurlock, National Geographic, "Black mothers grieve the babies they lost—and help more survive their first year," 24 Nov. 2020 Another recent program facilitated by Gray focused on prenatal care, birth and post-natal health. Sarah Ravits,, "New Orleans Public Library hosts free, virtual event focused on Black women’s mental health," 6 Oct. 2020 The Moon, however, will be on her natal South Node, which can indicate an emotional loss. Lisa Stardust,, "An Astrologer Analyzes Joe Biden & Kamala Harris’ Chance Of Winning The Election," 13 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of natal


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for natal


Middle English, from Latin natalis, from natus, past participle of nasci to be born — more at nation

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4 Mar 2021

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“Natal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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Medical Definition of natal

: of or relating to birth lowering the natal death rateJournal of the American Medical Association

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