Definitions

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

  • adj. Of, relating to, or accompanying birth: natal injuries.
  • adj. Of or associated with the time or place of one's birth: a natal star.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or relating to birth
  • adj. Of or relating to the buttocks.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to one's birth; accompying or dating from one's birth; native.
  • adj. Presiding over nativity.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to one's birth; connected with or dating from one's birth.
  • Presiding over birthdays or nativities.
  • Native; own; original.
  • Synonyms Natural, etc. See native.
  • n. A person's nativity; birthday.
  • Pertaining to the nates or buttocks; gluteal.

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

  • n. a port city in northeastern Brazil
  • adj. relating to or accompanying birth
  • n. a region of eastern South Africa on the Indian Ocean
  • adj. of or relating to the buttocks

Etymologies

Middle English, from Latin nātālis, from nātus, past participle of nāscī, to be born; see genə- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin nātālis ("natal"), from nasci ("to be born") (Wiktionary)
From Latin natis ("rump"), plural nates (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • During the first three ages of Christianity they were contented with celebrating the day of the death of martyrs, which they called their natal day, by assembling in the cemeteries where their bodies lay, to pray for them, as we have remarked in the article on

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  • Heinlein may have been a opinionated old fart, but he usually put a lot of thought into his opinions, and he draws a completely valid distinction between what he called natal horological astrology and the type of astrology that was the historical precursor for modern astronomy.

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  • Thus Redclyffe really found less antiquity here, than in the graveyard which might almost be called his natal spot.

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  • According to Judy Stamps from the University of California at Davis, like humans who move out of their parents 'houses in adulthood, most animals leave their birthplaces before they start to raise families of their own, a phenomenon known as natal dispersal.

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  • For too many ministers, the trek to fellowship begins in a place of isolation, even disconnection, away from the 'natal' community.

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  • I don't really know, but I have seen "natal" teeth.

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  • The role of the stars in the life of individuals is known as "natal" astrology while "mundane" astrology deals with the fate of nations and concepts like the AGE OF AQUARIUS.

    Concise Dictionary of Religion

  • He took it luxuriously because he believed in his fortune, a kind of natal star, the common heritage of the adventurous, that brought him his good things in time, in return for energetic strivings in a higher direction apart from his natural longings.

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  • Breeding pairs maintain a number of dens, but a pair will select a primary "natal" den in late winter.

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  • Ya, Project Baby (come on, "natal"?) sounds promising.

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