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Definition of "advent" []

  • The coming or arrival, especially of something extremely important: the advent of the computer. (noun)
  • The liturgical period preceding Christmas, beginning in Western churches on the fourth Sunday before Christmas and in Eastern churches in mid-November, and observed by many Christians as a season of prayer, fasting, and penitence. (noun)
  • Christianity The coming of Jesus at the Incarnation. (noun)
  • Christianity See Second Coming. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "advent" in a sentence
  • "(The word "advent" comes from the Latin word that means"
  • "Even in advent, we usually try and find time during the evening to light candles and sing a song or two."
  • "To await its advent is to adopt a policy of indefinite drift, and possibly lose an opportunity that may never be so favourable again."