[syn: Virgin Birth, Nativity]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Nativity \Na*tiv"i*ty\, n.; pl. Nativies. [F. nativit['e], L.
nativitas. See Native, and cf. Na["i]vet['e].]
1. The coming into life or into the world; birth; also, the
circumstances attending birth, as time, place, manner,
I have served him from the hour of my nativity.
Thou hast left . . . the land of thy nativity.
--Ruth ii. 11.
These in their dark nativity the deep
Shall yield us, pregnant with infernal flame.
2. (Fine Arts) (capitalized) A picture representing or
symbolizing the early infancy of Christ. The simplest form
is the babe in a rude cradle, and the heads of an ox and
an ass to express the stable in which he was born.
3. (Astrol.) A representation of the positions of the
heavenly bodies as the moment of one's birth, supposed to
indicate one's future destinies; a horoscope.
The Nativity, the birth or birthday of Christ; Christmas
To cast one's nativity or To calculate one's nativity
(Astrol.), to find out and represent the position of the
heavenly bodies at the time of one's birth.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: the event of being born; "they celebrated the birth of
their first child" [syn: birth, nativity, nascency,
nascence] [ant: death, decease, expiry]
2: the theological doctrine that Jesus Christ had no human
father; Christians believe that Jesus's birth fulfilled Old
Testament prophecies and was attended by miracles; the
Nativity is celebrated at Christmas [syn: Virgin Birth,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
62 Moby Thesaurus words for "nativity":
aboriginality, accouchement, aspect, astrodiagnosis, astrology,
astromancy, autochthonousness, babyhood, beginnings, birth,
birth throes, birthing, blessed event, childbearing, childbed,
childbirth, childhood, confinement, cradle, delivery,
freshman year, genesis, genethliac astrology, genethliacism,
genethliacs, genethlialogy, giving birth, hatching, having a baby,
horoscope, horoscopy, house, inception, inchoation, incipience,
incipiency, incunabula, indigenousness, infancy, labor, mansion,
multiparity, mundane astrology, mundane house, nascence, nascency,
nationality, native-bornness, nativeness, nativism,
natural astrology, origin, origination, parturition,
planetary house, pregnancy, stargazing, the Nativity, the stork,
travail, youth, zodiac