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  1. of or relating to a person's birth: celebrating one's natal day.
  2. presiding over or affecting a person at birth: natal influences.
  3. (of places) native: nostalgia for one's natal town.

Origin of natal

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin nātālis of, belonging to one's birth, natal, equivalent to nāt(us) an offspring (variant of gnātus, past participle of nāscī to be born) + -ālis -al1


[nuh-tal, -tahl; for 2 also Portuguese nuh-tawl]
  1. a province in the E part of the Republic of South Africa. 35,284 sq. mi. (91,886 sq. km). Capital: Pietermaritzburg.
  2. a seaport in E Brazil.
Related formsNa·tal·i·an, adjective, noun

Rio Grande do Norte

[ree-oo grahn-di doo nawr-ti]
  1. a state in E Brazil. 20,464 sq. mi. (53,000 sq. km). Capital: Natal. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of natal

Historical Examples of natal

  • Still I must ask the lady to make her statement in her natal name.

  • There were those who knew the bright history of their natal country and adored it.

    The Prisoner

    Alice Brown

  • That they were seen in Natal, South Africa, six months before the eruption.

  • The Company could no more have taken the Transvaal than it could have taken Natal.

  • He had commanded Colonials during the hardest fighting in Natal.

    On the Heels of De Wet

    The Intelligence Officer

British Dictionary definitions for natal


  1. of or relating to birth
  2. a rare word for native natal instincts

Word Origin for natal

C14: from Latin nātālis of one's birth, from nātus, from nascī to be born


  1. anatomy of or relating to the buttocks

Word Origin for natal

from New Latin nates buttocks


  1. (nəˈtæl) a former province of E South Africa, between the Drakensberg and the Indian Ocean: set up as a republic by the Boers in 1838; became a British colony in 1843; joined South Africa in 1910; replaced by KwaZulu-Natal in 1994. Capital: Pietermaritzburg
  2. (Portuguese naˈtal) a port in NE Brazil, capital of Rio Grande do Norte state, near the mouth of the Potengi River. Pop: 1 049 000 (2005 est)

Rio Grande do Norte

  1. a state of NE Brazil, on the Atlantic: much of it is semiarid plateau. Capital: Natal. Pop: 2 852 784 (2002). Area: 53 014 sq km (20 469 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for natal

late 14c., "of or pertaining to birthdays," from Latin natalis "pertaining to birth or origin," from natus, past participle of nasci "to be born" (Old Latin gnasci; see genus).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

natal in Medicine


  1. Of, relating to, or accompanying birth.
  2. Of or relating to the buttocks.
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