[ uh-nuhn-see-ey-shuhn ]
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  1. (often initial capital letter) the announcement by the angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary of her conception of Christ.

  2. (initial capital letter) a representation of this in art.

  1. (initial capital letter)Also called Lady Day. the church festival on March 25 in memory of this.

  2. an act or instance of announcing; proclamation: the annunciation of a new foreign policy.

Origin of annunciation

1350–1400; Middle English an(n)unciacio(u)n (<Anglo-French ) <Medieval Latin annūnciātiōn-, stem of annūnciātiō, for Late Latin adnūntiātiō;see annunciate, -ion

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British Dictionary definitions for Annunciation


/ (əˌnʌnsɪˈeɪʃən) /

  1. the Annunciation New Testament the announcement of the Incarnation by the angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary (Luke 1:26–38)

  2. Also called: Annunciation Day the festival commemorating this, held on March 25 (Lady Day)

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Cultural definitions for Annunciation


An announcement made by the angel Gabriel to Mary, the mother of Jesus, that she was going to bear a son, even though she was a virgin. Her son was to be called Jesus.

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