from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act of announcing.
- n. An announcement; a proclamation.
- n. Christianity The angel Gabriel's announcement to the Virgin Mary of the Incarnation.
- n. Christianity The feast celebrating this event.
- n. Christianity March 25, the day on which this feast is observed.
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- n. The act of annunciating.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of announcing; announcement; proclamation.
- n. The announcement of the incarnation, made by the angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary.
- n. The festival celebrated (March 25th) by the Church of England, of Rome, etc., in memory of the angel's announcement, on that day; Lady Day.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of announcing; proclamation; promulgation: as, the annunciation of a peace; “the annunciation of the gospel,”
- n. Specifically The announcement to Mary, by the angel Gabriel, of the incarnation of Christ.
- n. [capitalized] Eccles., the festival instituted by the church in memory of the announcement to Mary that she should bring forth a son who should be the Messiah. It is solemnized on the 25th of March.
- n. An order of nuns founded about 1500 at Bourges, France, by Queen Jeanne of Valois, after her divorce from Louis XII.
- n. An order of nuns founded about 1604 at Genoa, Italy, by Maria Vittoria Fornari.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a formal public statement
- n. (Christianity) the announcement to the Virgin Mary by the angel Gabriel of the incarnation of Christ
- n. a festival commemorating the announcement of the Incarnation by the angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary; a quarter day in England, Wales, and Ireland
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