American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The coming or arrival, especially of something extremely important: the advent of the computer.
- n. 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.
- n. Christianity The coming of Jesus at the Incarnation.
- n. Christianity See Second Coming.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A coming into place, view, or being; visitation; arrival; accession: as, the advent of visitors, of an infant, or of death.
- n. Specifically The coming of Christ as the Saviour of the world. Hence [capitalized] Eccles., the period immediately preceding the festival of the Nativity. It includes four Sundays, reckoning from the Sunday nearest St. Andrew's day (Nov. 30) to Christmas eve, and has been observed since the sixth century as a season of devotion with reference to the coming of Christ in the flesh and to his second coming to judge the world; in the Roman Catholic Church observed also as a time of penance and fasting. In the Oriental and Greek Churches the period includes six Sundays, or forty days.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Eccl.) The period including the four Sundays before Christmas.
- n. The first or the expected second coming of Christ.
- n. Coming; any important arrival; approach.
- n. the season including the four Sundays preceding Christmas
- n. arrival that has been awaited (especially of something momentous)
- n. (Christian theology) the reappearance of Jesus as judge for the Last Judgment
- From Latin adventus ("coming to"), perfect passive participle form of verb advenire ("come to"), from prefix ad- ("to"), + verb venire ("come"). Cognate to French avenir ("future"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, the Advent season, from Old French, from Latin adventus, arrival, from past participle of advenīre, to come to : ad-, ad- + venīre, to come. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“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.”
“No; social intercourse may be long in coming, but its advent is sure; the mischief is already done.”
“Zerubbabel's kingdom was not independent and settled; also all the prophets end their prophecies with Messiah, whose advent is the cure of all previous disorders.”
“As Jehovah's advent is glorious to His people, so it is terrible to His foes. burning coals -- Ps 18: 8 favors English Version.”
“Hence His human nature could not  be understood, prior to the consummation of those things which had been predicted, that is, the advent of Christ.”
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“When the first list had displayed Young Marius's name second from the top, Julia and Mucia Tertia had come to see Aurelia; as these visits were usually the other way around, their advent was a surprise.”
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