na·​tal | \ˈnā-tᵊl \

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, -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.

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Kardashian has kept her fans updated with her post-natal workout routine. Melissa Minton, Allure, "Khloé Kardashian Denies Claims She’s on a “Ridiculous” Postpartum Diet," 19 June 2018 At an estimated 239,000 deaths per year, that amounts to about 2.4 million over a decade, not including pre-natal deaths. Casey Quackenbush, Time, "Gender Bias Results in 239,000 Girls' Deaths in India Each Year, According to a New Study," 15 May 2018 In sharing Drake’s astrological positioning, Nicholas was quick to point out that his natal chart is a particularly powerful simulacrum. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Drake’s Scorpion, as Explained by an Astrologer and an Entomologist," 3 July 2018 My Vedic astrologer told me our natal charts are very similar. New York Times, "Ottessa Moshfegh: By the Book," 28 June 2018 Take a look at your natal chart: Any planets in Taurus or Scorpio (Taurus's opposite sign) will be directly impacted by Uranus's transit. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What Uranus’s Astrological Transit Into Taurus Means for Your Finances," 10 May 2018 The fish are born in freshwater streams, head to sea for one or more years and return to their natal streams to spawn. Washington Post, "Conservation groups’ pact will help save Atlantic salmon," 29 May 2018 All wild species of salmon are genetically diverse to an extraordinary extent, each fashioned for its own natal stream like a key for a lock, and yet some fish stray, leading to the colonization of unexploited streams. Richard Adams Carey, WSJ, "‘Kings of the Yukon’ Review: A Song for the Salmon," 25 May 2018 This being a Shape interview, Kaling talked about her pre- and post-natal workout routines., "Mindy Kaling Narrates Her Daughter’s Life To Her, Mindy Project-Style," 16 May 2018

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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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na·​tal | \ˈnāt-ᵊl \

Medical Definition of natal 

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

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