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

Synonyms for advent

Second Coming


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for advent

Contemporary Examples of advent

Historical Examples of advent

  • 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.


    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.

British Dictionary definitions for advent



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



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

Second Coming

less commonly Second Advent


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

advent in Culture


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

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.)


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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