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[ad-vent] /ˈæd vɛnt/
a coming into place, view, or being; arrival:
the advent of the holiday season.
(usually initial capital letter) the coming of Christ into the world.
(initial capital letter) the period beginning four Sundays before Christmas, observed in commemoration of the coming of Christ into the world.
(usually initial capital letter) Second Coming.
Origin of advent
1125-75; Middle English < Latin adventus arrival, approach, equivalent to ad- ad- + ven- (stem of venīre to come) + -tus suffix of verbal action
1. onset, beginning, commencement, start.

Second Coming

the coming of Christ on Judgment Day.
Also called Advent, Second Advent.
First recorded in 1635-45
Related forms
post-Advent, adjective Unabridged
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  • The effect was, indeed, presently accomplished by the advent of Smithson into the office.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • The visitor's advent was announced again by the brass knocker on the front door.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • He had so long and so passionately looked for the advent of that moment!

  • "I think your mother wants to speak to you, Frank," Alice said, upon this advent.

    Alice Adams Booth Tarkington
  • But with the advent of the boys from the barn there appeared reinforcements of the enemy.

    Frank Roscoe's Secret Allen Chapman
British Dictionary definitions for advent


/ˈædvɛnt; -vənt/
an arrival or coming, esp one which is awaited
Word Origin
C12: from Latin adventus, from advenīre, from ad- to + venīre to come


/ˈædvɛnt; -vənt/
(Christianity) the season including the four Sundays preceding Christmas or (in Eastern Orthodox churches) the forty days preceding Christmas

Second Coming

the prophesied return of Christ to earth at the Last Judgment
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Word Origin and History for advent

"important arrival," 1742, an extended sense of Advent "season before Christmas" (Old English), from Latin adventus "a coming, approach, arrival," in Church Latin "the coming of the Savior," from past participle stem of advenire "arrive, come to," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + venire "to come" (see venue). In English, also sometimes extended to the Pentecost.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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advent in Culture

Advent definition

The coming of Jesus, either in the Incarnation of biblical times or in the Second Coming at the end of the world. Also, a time observed in many Christian churches in December to prepare for Christmas.

Second Coming definition

The return of Jesus, prophesied in the New Testament, to judge the living and the dead and bring about the final triumph of good over evil. The writings of the Apostles in the New Testament express the belief that the Second Coming will happen soon and suggest that it may happen within a generation of their own time. (See Judgment Day.)

Note: Several Christian denominations, such as the Seventh-Day Adventists and the Jehovah's Witnesses, are founded on a similar belief about the imminence of Jesus' return.
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