Definition of nativity
1 : the process or circumstances of being born : birth; especially, capitalized : the birth of Jesus
2 : a horoscope at or of the time of one's birth
3 : the place of origin
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Examples of nativity in a Sentence
my father and grandparents were proud observers of my nativity
Recent Examples of nativity from the Web
Oprah Winfrey, Kristin Chenoweth, Zachary Levi, Christopher Plummer and Gina Rodriguez voice the animated Christian nativity story, hitting theaters in November.
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Did You Know?
Nativity is one of many words born of the Latin verb nasci, which means "to be born." The gestation of the word was a long one. "Nasci" developed in Latin into nativitas, meaning "birth," which passed through Middle French as nativité before entering English in the 14th century. "Nativity" has many siblings and cousins in our language; other terms of the lineage of "nasci" include "cognate," "innate," "nascent," "native," and "renaissance."
Origin and Etymology of nativity
Middle English nativite, from Anglo-French nativité, from Medieval Latin nativitat-, nativitas, from Late Latin, birth, from Latin nativus
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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Definition of Nativity for Students
: the birth of Jesus Christ a Nativity scene
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