Definition of annunciation in English:



  • 1usually the AnnunciationThe announcement of the Incarnation by the angel Gabriel to Mary (Luke 1:26–38).

    • ‘In Matthew's Nativity, the angelic Annunciation is made to Joseph while Luke's is to Mary.’
    • ‘There in a window above the altar was Mary and her story, the annunciation and visitation; at the bottom of the window there was also a depiction of the donors, The Guild of Bakers.’
    • ‘The service is concerned with the celebration of the annunciation of the holy mother of God, he said.’
    • ‘On retreat prior to our moving, I read and reread the story of the annunciation.’
    • ‘Zechariah, however, is given a punitive sign, while the annunciation to Mary concludes with her pledge of willing submission.’
    • ‘Gabriel is best known as the angel of the annunciation.’
    • ‘As the story of the annunciation has already told us, Jesus' life and ministry are the embodiment of the work of God's Spirit.’
    • ‘If I sense that I am in the shadow of God’ - as Mary was ‘overshadowed’ at the annunciation - ‘I find light, so much light that my vision improves dramatically.’’
    • ‘It's a painting of the Annunciation, from, I think, the Renaissance.’
    • ‘NONE OF THE VERY first Christians know anything about an annunciation to Mary by the Angel Gabriel, and they know of no Virgin Birth, Star of Bethlehem, Wise Men, Herod, slaughter of the innocents or the flight into Egypt.’
    • ‘The Qu'ran has also verses on the Annunciation, Visitation, and Nativity.’
    • ‘The day of the annunciation was one such day for Mary, and her response was completely in line with a pattern that had formed her whole life up to that point.’
    • ‘Two of the recorded events in Mary's life illustrate the different aspects and possible interpretations of Marian theology: the annunciation and her magnificat on her visit to her cousin Elizabeth.’
    • ‘The first two are choral works with orchestra, the last a symphonic fanfare, and together they take listeners on a difficult but satisfying journey of faith and wonder, from the annunciation to the promise of Man's salvation.’
    1. 1.1 A Church festival commemorating the Annunciation, held on 25 March (Lady Day).
      • ‘He went on to explain that Good Friday this year fell on March 25, the Feast Of The Annunciation, also known as Lady Day.’
      • ‘The Annunciation fell on Good Friday this year.’
      • ‘The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be celebrated in Bonniconlon Parish Church on Thursday, March 25th at 8pm, the feast of the Annunciation of the Lord.’
      • ‘The feast of this day is called the Annunciation of our Lady.’
  • 2formal, archaic mass noun The announcement of something.

    ‘the annunciation of a set of rules applying to the relationships between states’
    • ‘He explained his ‘programme’ for the first movement: the trumpets and horns outburst is ‘an annunciation of death’.’
    • ‘A way to proceed is by detailing the dimensions of Eminem's annunciations of authenticity through his words.’
    • ‘For the purposes of alarm annunciation, each floor of the building, other than floors of existing buildings, are considered as not less than one zone, unless otherwise permitted by requirements in the code.’
    • ‘Comprehensively designed alarm systems perform three important functions: event annunciation, status reporting, and event logging.’
    • ‘What results is a constant raising of the stakes in the same game, the annunciation of an apocalypse, a final unveiling.’
    announcement, statement, communication, notification, notice, report, reporting, publishing, broadcasting, proclamation
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Middle English: from Old French annonciation, from late Latin annuntiatio(n-), from the verb annuntiare (see annunciate).