Definition of advent in English:



  • 1The arrival of a notable person or thing.

    ‘the advent of television’
    • ‘The advent of e-mail has made communication a far quicker and more pleasurable experience.’
    • ‘The advent of audio cassettes and prompters for the visually impaired seem to be a blessing.’
    • ‘The advent of the suicide bomber makes it impossible to cope with the terrorist.’
    • ‘With the advent of the Internet, the right to free speech has become a realization.’
    • ‘That does not mean that you cannot profit long-term from the advent of the Internet.’
    • ‘Most importantly, there is no tap water here, and the wells dry up with the advent of summer.’
    • ‘The legislation should have been introduced years ago before the advent of extensive mobile phone use.’
    • ‘This debate did not begin yesterday or with the advent of New Labour in political office.’
    • ‘I set the record for least amount of press conferences than any president since the advent of television.’
    • ‘Ever since the advent of hi-fi, nobody has paid real money for a real band in this country.’
    • ‘He obviously didn't take into account the advent of the fly-on-the-wall documentary.’
    • ‘The advent of computing should lead to a cull of white collar workers.’
    • ‘With the advent of electricity and better equipment the distillation process became easier.’
    • ‘With the advent of digital photography, he was quick to realise the new creative possibilities.’
    • ‘The advent of relatively cheap satellite television and the internet may one day put an end to these lunatics.’
    • ‘The advent of the Third World War and its consequences are discussed in many of the papers.’
    • ‘The advent of factions was an attempt to smooth over this alienation within the parties.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Did the advent of the use of paper for taking notes kill off some of our memory skills?’
    arrival, appearance, emergence, materialization, surfacing, occurrence, dawn, origin, birth, rise, development
    approach, coming, looming, nearing, advance
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  • 2The first season of the Church year, leading up to Christmas and including the four preceding Sundays.

    • ‘I'm sure I can get him to understand before the Advent season begins.’
    • ‘Christians celebrate Advent on the four Sundays leading up to Christmas.’
    • ‘What a strange and powerful story it is we have to share in these days of Advent and Christmas and Epiphany.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As we write this, the church is preparing for the Advent and Christmas seasons.’
    • ‘What important news for us in this season of Advent!’
    • ‘We think of Isaiah as an Advent and Christmas prophet.’
    • ‘As Catholics, we fully entered into the entire Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany experience.’
    • ‘It is hoped to involve all age groups during the Advent and Christmas ceremonies.’
    • ‘The next liturgical seasons are Advent and Christmas.’
    • ‘Readings for Advent and Christmas contains daily meditations for this season of waiting and hope.’
    • ‘The text is a wonderful presentation of all that is both Advent and Christmas.’
    • ‘All the children in 1st class come to the 12 noon Mass on the four Sundays of Advent.’
    • ‘This year, about 22,000 will attend the Advent, carol and Christmas services.’
    • ‘May you find peace and rest at this, the beginning of the Advent season.’
    • ‘At two San Francisco Bay Area churches, Advent is well under way.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The text is a wonderful reflection on all that has happened during the season of Advent and Christmas Eve and Day.’
    1. 2.1Christian Theology The coming or second coming of Christ.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’


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