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

Definition of natal

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

Examples of natal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Myth #5: Your natal chart stays the same, meaning you are hopelessly doomed to repeat everything. Emily Simone, Allure, 20 May 2022 This, laughs one woman interviewed, doesn’t even cover pre-natal costs, let alone 21 years of child-raising and lost income from work/parenting tradeoffs. Avivah Wittenberg-cox, Forbes, 23 Apr. 2022 Of Mercer also has a number of maternity styles, designed for pre- and post-natal wear. Rachel King, Fortune, 22 Apr. 2022 Figuring out what kind of pro-natal cultural norms can be advanced in American society to support higher birth rates remains a daunting task — and in a pluralist society, most likely a set of overlapping but separate tasks. Nr Editors, National Review, 31 Mar. 2022 Doc’s data would prove that female sea turtles return to their their natal beaches to nest, highlighting the urgency of protecting those beaches. Jim Waymer,, 19 Mar. 2022 As noted above, pro-natal policies do generally succeed in boosting birth rates. Lyman R. Stone, National Review, 17 Mar. 2022 Chasten Buttigieg also tweeted his thanks for everyone who shared their stories of Gus in the neo-natal intensive care unit. Sarah Beth Guevara, ABC News, 6 Nov. 2021 Not every natal chart vibes well with every other one. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, 2 Sep. 2021 See More

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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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27 May 2022

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“Natal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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na·​tal | \ ˈnāt-ᵊl How to pronounce natal (audio) \

Medical Definition of natal

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

Natal geographical name

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

Definition of Natal

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.

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