na·tiv·i·ty /nəˈtɪvəti, ne-/
Na·tiv·i·ty n.; pl. Nativies
1. The coming into life or into the world; birth; also, the circumstances attending birth, as time, place, manner, etc.
I have served him from the hour of my nativity. --Shak.
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. --Milton.
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 day.
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.
n 1: the event of being born; "they celebrated the birth of their
first child" [syn: birth, nascency, nascence]
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]