- 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
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- the coming of Christ on Judgment Day.
Origin of Second Coming
Examples from the Web for advent
Like Lent, the season of Advent was a period of reflection and fasting, and items such as dairy and sugar were forbidden.One Cake to Rule Them All: How Stollen Stole Our Hearts
December 24, 2014
I would venture to say that Advent is something America needs right now, religious or not.
They told me that Advent was all about waiting and hoping – that they were indeed a community of waiting and hoping.
Then came the horrors of World War I, with the advent of tanks and airplanes and poison gas.How Clausewitz Invented Modern War
James A. Warren
November 24, 2014
The writer A. Lezhnev said, “I view the incident with Shostakovich as the advent of the same ‘order’ that burns books in Germany.”When Stalin Met Lady Macbeth
November 9, 2014
The effect was, indeed, presently accomplished by the advent of Smithson into the office.Within the Law
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!The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
"I think your mother wants to speak to you, Frank," Alice said, upon this advent.Alice Adams
But with the advent of the boys from the barn there appeared reinforcements of the enemy.Frank Roscoe's Secret
- an arrival or coming, esp one which is awaited
- Christianity the season including the four Sundays preceding Christmas or (in Eastern Orthodox churches) the forty days preceding Christmas
less commonly Second Advent
- the prophesied return of Christ to earth at the Last Judgment
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.
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.)