advent

[ ad-vent ]
/ ˈæd vɛnt /

noun

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

Definition for advent (2 of 2)

Second Coming


noun

the coming of Christ on Judgment Day.

Origin of Second Coming

First recorded in 1635–45
Also called Advent, Second Advent.
Related formspost-Ad·vent, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for advent (1 of 3)

advent

/ (ˈædvɛnt, -vənt) /

noun

an arrival or coming, esp one which is awaited

Word Origin for advent

C12: from Latin adventus, from advenīre, from ad- to + venīre to come

British Dictionary definitions for advent (2 of 3)

Advent

/ (ˈædvɛnt, -vənt) /

noun

Christianity the season including the four Sundays preceding Christmas or (in Eastern Orthodox churches) the forty days preceding Christmas

British Dictionary definitions for advent (3 of 3)

Second Coming

less commonly Second Advent


noun

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

advent


n.

"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.

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Culture definitions for advent (1 of 2)

Advent


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.

Culture definitions for advent (2 of 2)

Second Coming


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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