noun, plural na·tiv·i·ties.
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What does nativity mean?
Christians celebrate the Nativity during Christmas, and the word is sometimes used as another name for Christmas.
Nativity can also be used to refer to an artistic depiction of the birth of Jesus, such as in a play (also called a Nativity play) or a scene involving statues of the figures at the birth (also called a Nativity scene). In all of these uses, the word is usually capitalized.
The word nativity is also used in some more general ways, though they are less common. It can simply mean a birth, especially in relation to the circumstances of it. It can also be used to refer to a person’s birthplace, as in Zoe often mentions her Greek nativity.
Example: Every year at Christmas we create a live Nativity in our front yard, with our dog playing the part of a sheep.
Where does nativity come from?
The first records of the word nativity come from before 1150. It comes from the Middle French nativite, meaning “the feast of the birth of Jesus.” It ultimately derives from the Latin nātivitās, meaning “birth.”
Although nativity can mean “birth” or “birthplace,” it’s not commonly used in this way. Today, it usually specifically refers to the birth of Jesus Christ or something involving his birth, even when it’s lowercase. The story of Jesus’s birth is sometimes called the Nativity story and it is told in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke in the New Testament of the Bible.
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- nativities (plural)
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How is nativity used in real life?
Nativity is almost always used in reference to the birth of Jesus Christ or depictions or stories of the event.
Mom just called and her kitten, Princess Charlotte, keeps taking the shepherd pieces out of the nativity display. 🐱😀
— Louetta Wilson (@WilsonLouetta) December 18, 2018
Sitting in a sleigh in front of Jesus's Nativity at St.Leon Armenian Church in Burbank! 😊😍❤️👶🏻🦌🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/9xaqas6vsy
— Meline Hambartsumyan (@MelineMHMusic) December 29, 2017
There was a Lego Nativity Set and the outdoor lights were stunning. pic.twitter.com/uakAFdcbx2
— Anthony Selvanathan (@aselvanathan_) December 29, 2019
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Example sentences from the Web for nativity
Nativity scenes “acknowledge the very real history and identity of the vast majority of our citizens.”
On to the Church of the Nativity, where POTUS could meet with his Christian brothers and sisters for Easter.
Walking through a forest one night, meditating on the Nativity, he looked through the branches of a tree and saw a star.
Some well-dressed men, in a state of strong drink, were boasting of their respective places of nativity.The Complete Works of Artemus Ward|Charles Farrar Browne (AKA Artemus Ward)
If any one think that I might be taken as an instance of this last class, I do not grudge him the knowledge of my nativity.The Life of Galileo Galilei, with Illustrations of the Advancement of Experimental Philosophy|John Elliot Drinkwater Bethune
He wore a sheepskin coat, and resembled the old shepherds in pictures of the Nativity.The Red Lily, Complete|Anatole France
A breed whose proof is in time and deeds; What we are, we are—nativity is answer enough to objections.The Social Direction of Evolution|William E. Kellicott
This picture shows the town, looking in from the Church of the Nativity.The Bible Story|Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
British Dictionary definitions for nativity (1 of 2)
noun plural -ties
Word Origin for nativity
British Dictionary definitions for nativity (2 of 2)
- an artistic representation of the circumstances of the birth of Christ
- (as modifier)a Nativity play
Cultural definitions for nativity
The birth of Jesus, described in two of the Gospels (Matthew and Luke). When Jesus' parents, Mary and Joseph, traveled from Nazareth to Bethlehem to be counted in a government census, they found that there was no room for them in the local inn. Mary gave birth to Jesus in a common stable and laid him in a manger (a feeding trough for livestock). Christians (see also Christian) believe that Jesus' birth fulfilled many Old Testament prophecies and was attended by miraculous events, such as a star above Bethlehem that drew local shepherds as well as the Wise Men, or Magi, from a distant land.