Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Coming; coming to; approach; arrival.
  • n. See Advent.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The period including the four Sundays before Christmas.
  • n. The first or the expected second coming of Christ.
  • n. Coming; any important arrival; approach.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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

Etymologies

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)
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)

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  • WIZARD
    Times being what they were, I accepted the
    job, -- retaining my balloon against the
    advent of a quick get-away.
    (laughs)
    And in that balloon, my dear Dorothy, you
    and I will return to the land of E Pluribus
    Unum!

    June 7, 2010

  • The arrival of the television surprised many people.

    March 30, 2007