- birth with reference to place or attendant circumstances: of Irish nativity.
- (initial capital letter) the birth of Christ.
- (initial capital letter) the church festival commemorating the birth of Christ; Christmas.
- (initial capital letter) a representation of the birth of Christ, as in art.
- Astrology. a horoscope of a person's birth.
Origin of nativity
Examples from the Web for nativity
Nativity scenes “acknowledge the very real history and identity of the vast majority of our citizens.”Sarah Palin Is Here to Save Christmas, Thank God
November 13, 2013
On to the Church of the Nativity, where POTUS could meet with his Christian brothers and sisters for Easter.Welcome To Palestine: What's Your Faith?
March 20, 2013
Walking through a forest one night, meditating on the Nativity, he looked through the branches of a tree and saw a star.A Holiday Lesson from Auschwitz
December 26, 2009
This then is the meaning of the Christmas Tree and of its presence at the Nativity.Bride of the Mistletoe
James Lane Allen
I have not been able to ascertain the place of Kidd's nativity.
In the first chapel is a “Nativity” by Pinturicchio, who also painted the lunettes.Italy, the Magic Land
In the centre is the Nativity, with a portrait of Bladelin kneeling, and angels.Six Centuries of Painting
Was there a new soul incarnated, she was there to rejoice at the nativity.The Wedding Ring
T. De Witt Talmage
- birth or origin, esp in relation to the circumstances surrounding it
- the birth of Jesus Christ
- the feast of Christmas as a commemoration of this
- an artistic representation of the circumstances of the birth of Christ
- (as modifier)a Nativity play
Word Origin and History for nativity
c.1200, from Old French nativité "birth" (12c.), from Late Latin nativitatem (nominative nativitas) "birth," from Latin nativus "born, native" (see native (adj.)). Late Old English had nativiteð, from earlier Old French nativited.
The birth of Jesus, described in two of the Gospels (Matthew and Luke). When Jesus' parents, Mary and Joseph, traveled from Nazareth to Bethlehem to be counted in a government census, they found that there was no room for them in the local inn. Mary gave birth to Jesus in a common stable and laid him in a manger (a feeding trough for livestock). Christians (see also Christian) believe that Jesus' birth fulfilled many Old Testament prophecies and was attended by miraculous events, such as a star above Bethlehem that drew local shepherds as well as the Wise Men, or Magi, from a distant land.