Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Advent'
- arrival that has been awaited (especially of something momentous); "the advent of the computer" [syn: coming]
- the season including the four Sundays preceding Christmas
- (Christian theology) the reappearance of Jesus as judge for the Last Judgment [syn: Second Coming, Second Coming of Christ, Second Advent, Parousia]
- Advent \Ad`vent\, n. [L. adventus, fr. advenire, adventum: cf.
F. avent. See Advene.]
- (Eccl.) The period including the four Sundays before Christmas. Advent Sunday (Eccl.), the first Sunday in the season of Advent, being always the nearest Sunday to the feast of St. Andrew (Now. 30). --Shipley.
- The first or the expected second coming of Christ.
- Coming; any important arrival; approach. Death's dreadful advent. --Young. Expecting still his advent home. --Tennyson.
Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Advent'
Advent (from the Latin word adventus meaning "coming") is a season observed in many Western Christian churches, a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. It is the beginning of the Western liturgical year and commences on Advent Sunday, called Levavi. The Eastern churches' equivalent of Advent is called the Nativity Fast, but it differs both in length and observances and does not begin the church year, which starts instead on September 1.
The progression of the season may be marked with an Advent calendar, a practice introduced by German Lutherans. At least in the Roman Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran and Methodist calendars, Advent starts on the fourth Sunday before December 25, the Sunday from November 27 to December 3 inclusive.[See more about Advent at Dictionary 3.0 Encyclopedia]
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Meaning of the Name 'Advent'
- Meaning: Born during Advent
- Origin: French
- Gender: Male
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