annunciation

annunciation

[uh-nuhn-see-ey-shuhn]
noun
1.
(often initial capital letter) the announcement by the angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary of her conception of Christ.
2.
(initial capital letter) a representation of this in art.
3.
(initial capital letter) . Also called Lady Day. the church festival on March 25 in memory of this.
4.
an act or instance of announcing; proclamation: the annunciation of a new foreign policy.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English an(n)unciacio(u)n (< Anglo-French) < Medieval Latin annūnciātiōn-, stem of annūnciātiō, for Late Latin adnūntiātiō; see annunciate, -ion

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annunciate (əˈnʌnsɪˌeɪt, -ʃɪ-)
 
vb
(tr) a less common word for announce
 
[C16: from annunciātus, Medieval Latin misspelling of annuntiātus, past participle of Latin annuntiāre; see announce]
 
annunci'ation
 
n
 
annunciative
 
adj
 
annunciatory
 
adj

Annunciation (əˌnʌnsɪˈeɪʃən)
 
n
1.  New Testament the Annunciation the announcement of the Incarnation by the angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary (Luke 1:26--38)
2.  Also called: Annunciation Day the festival commemorating this, held on March 25 (Lady Day)

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annunciation
c.1400, from Fr. annonciation, from L. annuntiationem (nom. annuntiatio), from annuntiatus, pp. of annuntiare (see announce). The Church festival (March 25) commemorating the visit of the angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary, foretelling the incarnation. O.E. for "Annunciation Day" was bodungdæg.
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An announcement made by the angel Gabriel to Mary, the mother of Jesus, that she was going to bear a son, even though she was a virgin. Her son was to be called Jesus.

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