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


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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.

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For instance, your Saturn return occurs at three distinct stages of life — in your late 20s, late 50s, and late 80s — while your solar return, aka your birthday, is the annual phenomenon when the transiting sun perfectly aligns with your natal sun. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What Uranus’s Astrological Transit Into Taurus Means for Your Finances," 10 May 2018 Co-Star Personalized Astrology Using data gathered from NASA and professional astrologers, the Co-Star app is able to provide you with really personalized horoscopes based on your natal chart. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "10 Of The Best Horoscope Apps For People That Are Obsessed With The Stars," 16 May 2019 According to Brigman, a mother-to-be can start with a doula as early or as late in the pre- or post-natal journey as desired. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "6 Ways a Doula Can Transform the Birthing Process for Moms-to-Be," 30 Apr. 2019 Those born with natal planets in the Ninth House are extremely curious and inquisitive, with deep-rooted wanderlust. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "The 12 Astrological Houses: Interpreting Your Birth Chart Beyond the Zodiac," 6 Oct. 2018 From an astrological perspective, birthdays occur when the sun in the sky connects with the sun in your natal chart. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What October's Scorpio Horoscope Means for You," 30 Sep. 2018 Think, for example, how the technologies of ultrasound and neo-natal care have shifted the discussion about elective abortions after the first trimester. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Putin or the Democrats? For some today it's not so easy," 19 July 2018 In the time before my wife's first pre-natal scan, my mind raced full circle: Would my daughter have a disability? Robert Hoge, Good Housekeeping, "After I Was Born, My Mom Wanted to Leave Me at the Hospital," 12 Sep. 2016 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

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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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Medical Definition of natal

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

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