from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act of announcing.
  • noun An announcement; a proclamation.
  • noun Christianity The angel Gabriel's announcement to the Virgin Mary of the Incarnation, observed as a feast on March 25.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of announcing; proclamation; promulgation: as, the annunciation of a peace; “the annunciation of the gospel,”
  • noun Specifically The announcement to Mary, by the angel Gabriel, of the incarnation of Christ.
  • noun [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.
  • noun An order of nuns founded about 1500 at Bourges, France, by Queen Jeanne of Valois, after her divorce from Louis XII.
  • noun An order of nuns founded about 1604 at Genoa, Italy, by Maria Vittoria Fornari.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of announcing; announcement; proclamation.
  • noun The announcement of the incarnation, made by the angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary.
  • noun 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The act of annunciating.

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

  • noun a formal public statement
  • noun (Christianity) the announcement to the Virgin Mary by the angel Gabriel of the incarnation of Christ
  • noun 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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  • Let us now address her with the prayer that recalls the annunciation by the Angel.

    Angelus: the Immaculate Conception Argent 2006

  • Quivering as at some "annunciation", she went slowly forward.

    Sons and Lovers 1913

  • Regarding his miraculous birth, the Qu'ran narrates the transcendent annunciation dialogue between the Angel Gabriel Jibril and Virgin Mary: She said: When shall I have a boy and no mortal has yet touched me, nor have I been unchaste?

    Wilfredo Amr Ruiz: Islamic Christmas Wilfredo Amr Ruiz 2011

  • (Mary's consent at the angel's annunciation tells us everything we need to know, except for most folks the connotation conjures up 'automobile company' or 'ex-nihilo' currency creation favored by political administrations who like to avoid concepts like "consent" not something young men desire to imitate: ancilla Domini heroism)

    Do you think "Consent is Sexy"? 2009

  • Part I began with a swinging overture and maintained sprightly tempi and bright colors throughout, befitting the optimism of its subject: the annunciation of the birth of Christ.

    Tracing the Gospel With Renewed Vigor and Drama Heidi Waleson 2011

  • The mystery of the annunciation to Mary is not just a mystery of silence.

    Insight Scoop | The Ignatius Press Blog: 2009

  • I thought of the medieval Netherlandish altarpieces I love so much: Sometimes the central panel -- be it a picture of the annunciation, the crucificion, or a martyrdom -- is flanked by panels depicting portraits of the altarpiece donors (often husband and wife, male and female).

    A Conversation with Julia Glass, author of Three Junes 2010

  • Why should it not be possible to appreciate the depiction of modesty in portraits of Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem, yet bypass the doctrine of the annunciation; admire Christianity's emphasis on compassion, yet shun its theories of the afterlife?

    An atheist at Christmas: Oh come all ye faithless 2011

  • Has this world apology tour and annunciation of mistakes made us feel better about ourselves at a time we need optimism?

    Matthew Dowd: President Obama, Take a Lesson From Capra 2010

  • In this version of the annunciation, Mary had a book before her in a stand, and her hand was resting on it as if to hold her place in the passage.

    The Poet Prince KATHLEEN MCGOWAN 2010


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  • "Thus, from that nocturnal Paris out of whose depths the invisible message had already wafted into my very room, delimiting the field of action of a faraway person, what was now about to materialise, after this preliminary annunciation, was the Albertine whom I had known long ago beneath the sky of Balbec, when the waiters of the Grand Hotel, as they laid the tables, were blinded by the glow of the setting sun, when, the glass panels having been drawn wide open, the faintest evening breeze passed freely from the beach, where the last strolling couples still lingered, into the vast dining-room in which the first diners had not yet taken their places, and when, in the mirror placed behind the cashier's desk, there passed the red reflexion of the hull and, lingering long, the grey reflexion of the smoke of the last steamer for Rivebelle."

    --Sodom and Gomorrah by Marcel Proust, translated by C.K. Scott Moncrieff and Terence Kilmartin, revised by D.J. Enright, pp 181-182 of the Modern Library paperback edition

    February 18, 2009