Definition of advent in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈadv(ə)nt/
Pronunciation: /ˈadvɛnt/


[in singular]
1The arrival of a notable person or thing: the advent of television
More example sentences
  • I set the record for least amount of press conferences than any president since the advent of television.
  • The advent of relatively cheap satellite television and the internet may one day put an end to these lunatics.
  • The advent of computing should lead to a cull of white collar workers.
arrival, appearance, emergence, materialization, surfacing, occurrence, dawn, origin, birth, rise, development;
approach, coming, looming, nearing, advance
2 (Advent) The first season of the Church year, leading up to Christmas and including the four preceding Sundays.
Example sentences
  • As we write this, the church is preparing for the Advent and Christmas seasons.
  • The text is a wonderful reflection on all that has happened during the season of Advent and Christmas Eve and Day.
  • Christians celebrate Advent on the four Sundays leading up to Christmas.
2.1 (Advent) Christian Theology The coming or second coming of Christ.
Example sentences
  • Among them, that continent is Rome re-born and one of the necessary conditions for the Advent of Christ.
  • Angels from heaven informed the shepherds of the advent of Jesus.
  • Before the advent of Jesus Christ there was nothing like Christianity.


Old English, from Latin adventus 'arrival', from advenire, from ad- 'to' + venire 'come'.

  • adventure from Middle English:

    The meaning of adventure has changed over the centuries. In the Middle Ages it meant ‘anything that happens by chance’ or ‘chance, fortune, or luck’, and came from Latin advenire ‘to arrive’. Gradually the idea of ‘risk or danger’ became a stronger element and later evolved into ‘a dangerous or hazardous undertaking’, and still later into ‘an exciting incident that happens to someone’. Compare accident. Related words are advent (Old English) ‘coming, arrival’ and adventitious (early 17th century) originally describing something happening by chance. See also revenue

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