Meaning of advent in English:


Pronunciation /ˈadv(ə)nt/ /ˈadvɛnt/


in singular
  • 1The arrival of a notable person or thing.

    ‘the advent of television’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Except that the advent of this romantic reality has been accompanied by a slow poisoning of the romantic dream.’
    • ‘Tim spoke with Doris about fashion, the advent of the jean and the art of the timeless.’
    • ‘The advent of audio cassettes and prompters for the visually impaired seem to be a blessing.’
    • ‘The legislation should have been introduced years ago before the advent of extensive mobile phone use.’
    • ‘That does not mean that you cannot profit long-term from the advent of the Internet.’
    • ‘He obviously didn't take into account the advent of the fly-on-the-wall documentary.’
    • ‘With the advent of the Internet, the right to free speech has become a realization.’
    • ‘Ever since the advent of hi-fi, nobody has paid real money for a real band in this country.’
    • ‘This debate did not begin yesterday or with the advent of New Labour in political office.’
    • ‘The advent of the Third World War and its consequences are discussed in many of the papers.’
    • ‘Most importantly, there is no tap water here, and the wells dry up with the advent of summer.’
    • ‘The advent of factions was an attempt to smooth over this alienation within the parties.’
    • ‘Did the advent of the use of paper for taking notes kill off some of our memory skills?’
    • ‘The advent of e-mail has made communication a far quicker and more pleasurable experience.’
    • ‘With the advent of digital photography, he was quick to realise the new creative possibilities.’
    • ‘With the advent of electricity and better equipment the distillation process became easier.’
    arrival, appearance, emergence, materialization, surfacing, occurrence, dawn, origin, birth, rise, development
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  • 2

    (also Advent)
    The first season of the Church year, leading up to Christmas and including the four preceding Sundays.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The next liturgical seasons are Advent and Christmas.’
    • ‘We think of Isaiah as an Advent and Christmas prophet.’
    • ‘As Catholics, we fully entered into the entire Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany experience.’
    • ‘Readings for Advent and Christmas contains daily meditations for this season of waiting and hope.’
    • ‘At two San Francisco Bay Area churches, Advent is well under way.’
    • ‘All the children in 1st class come to the 12 noon Mass on the four Sundays of Advent.’
    • ‘This Advent season, let the focus be on preparing to tell this story.’
    • ‘Our introduction to Matthew and to the Advent season is as compelling as Luke's conclusion.’
    • ‘What a strange and powerful story it is we have to share in these days of Advent and Christmas and Epiphany.’
    • ‘This year, about 22,000 will attend the Advent, carol and Christmas services.’
    • ‘It is hoped to involve all age groups during the Advent and Christmas ceremonies.’
    • ‘The text is a wonderful presentation of all that is both Advent and Christmas.’
    • ‘What important news for us in this season of Advent!’
    • ‘Retailers wait with bated breath for the season of Advent.’
    • ‘Extend the holiday season by celebrating the Sundays of Advent through the entire month of December.’
    • ‘I'm sure I can get him to understand before the Advent season begins.’
    • ‘May you find peace and rest at this, the beginning of the Advent season.’
    1. 2.1Christian Theology The coming or second coming of Christ.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The season has taken on a spirit of somber yet joyful preparation for the Advent of Christ.’


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



/ˈadv(ə)nt/ /ˈadvɛnt/