[ neyt-l ]
/ ˈneɪt l /


of or relating to a person's birth: celebrating one's natal day.
presiding over or affecting a person at birth: natal influences.
(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

Definition for natal (2 of 3)

[ nuh-tal, -tahl; for 2 also Portuguese nuh-tawl ]
/ nəˈtæl, -ˈtɑl; for 2 also Portuguese nəˈtɔl /


a province in the E part of the Republic of South Africa. 35,284 sq. mi. (91,886 sq. km). Capital: Pietermaritzburg.
a seaport in E Brazil.


Na·tal·i·an, adjective, noun

Definition for natal (3 of 3)

Rio Grande do Norte
[ ree-oo grahn-di doo nawr-ti ]
/ ˈri ʊ ˈgrɑ̃ dɪ dʊ ˈnɔr tɪ /


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. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for natal (1 of 4)

/ (ˈneɪtəl) /


of or relating to birth
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

British Dictionary definitions for natal (2 of 4)

/ (ˈneɪtəl) /


anatomy of or relating to the buttocks

Word Origin for natal

from New Latin nates buttocks

British Dictionary definitions for natal (3 of 4)



(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
(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)

British Dictionary definitions for natal (4 of 4)

Rio Grande do Norte
/ (Portuguese ˈriu ˈɡrəndi du ˈnɔrti) /


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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Medical definitions for natal

[ nātl ]


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