advent

[ ad-vent ]
/ ˈæd vɛnt /

noun

a coming into place, view, or being; arrival: the advent of the holiday season.
Usually Advent . the coming of Christ into the world.
Advent, the period beginning four Sundays before Christmas, observed in commemoration of the coming of Christ into the world.
Usually Advent . Second Coming.

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Origin of advent

First recorded in 1125–75; Middle English, from Latin adventus “arrival, approach,” equivalent to ad- “toward” + ven- (stem of venīre “to come”) + -tus suffix of verbal action; see ad-
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British Dictionary definitions for advent (1 of 2)

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 2)

Advent
/ (ˈædvɛnt, -vənt) /

noun

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

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.

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