noun, plural na·tiv·i·ties.
- native speaker,
- native states,
Origin of nativity
Examples 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
noun plural -ties
Word Origin for nativity
- an artistic representation of the circumstances of the birth of Christ
- (as modifier)a Nativity play
c.1200, from Old French nativité "birth" (12c.), from Late Latin nativitatem (nominative nativitas) "birth," from Latin nativus "born, native" (see native (adj.)). Late Old English had nativiteð, from earlier Old French nativited.
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.