Main definitions of natal in English

: natal1natal2

natal1

adjective

  • Relating to the place or time of one's birth.

    ‘he was living in the south, many miles from his natal city’
    • ‘Unlike the stereotype of salmon returning unerringly to their natal streams, salmon are innately resilient and opportunistic.’
    • ‘The young fish spend at least a year in the natal stream before moving downstream to the sea or into lakes.’
    • ‘Purdah is observed much more loosely and sometimes not at all by women when they are with their natal families.’
    • ‘Young salmon spend up to three years in their natal streams before migrating to the sea.’
    • ‘The Aphelops bias is similar and could be explained as a natal birth bias.’
    • ‘The location and aspects of the ascendant's ruler also hold a great deal of importance in natal evaluation.’
    • ‘Similarly, of the 39 juveniles that departed, 35% departed to a wetland unit not in their natal region.’
    • ‘In this model, naive females accompany experienced females to nesting beaches regardless of the natal beach of origin.’
    • ‘Instead, it offered information that might satisfy children's future curiosity about natal origins.’
    • ‘Another aspect of their subordination is that children's natal origins could be erased in the process of their circulation.’
    • ‘Sharp-shinned Hawks tend to use specific flyways during migration, which reflect their natal or breeding origins.’
    • ‘Although natal teeth are frequently found in normal infants, they are more often present in newborns with cleft palate.’
    • ‘Most women give birth in their natal households, to which they return when childbirth is near.’
    • ‘The first was the birth or natal status of the child defined by social and canonical conventions, and the social status of the parents.’
    • ‘This was a fate shared by many women in this time, a result of a high birth rate and poor natal care.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin natalis, from nat- born, from the verb nasci.

Pronunciation:

natal

/ˈneɪt(ə)l/

Main definitions of natal in English

: natal1natal2

natal2

adjective

Anatomy
  • Relating to the buttocks.

    ‘the natal cleft’
    • ‘The distribution of psoriasis on extensor surfaces, scalp and natal cleft helps distinguish psoriasis from discoid eczema.’
    • ‘A second patient brought mobile phone images of his partner's episodic natal cleft rash, which had defied GP and dermatological diagnosis for 3 years.’
    • ‘A 58 year old man was referred to the surgical clinic with a swelling in the natal cleft thought to be a pilonidal mass or abscess.’
    • ‘The operation consists of making a 5-7cm incision, usually in the natal cleft crease.’

Origin

Late 19th century: from nates + -al.

Pronunciation:

natal

/ˈneɪt(ə)l/

Main definitions of natal in English

: natal1natal2

Natal

proper noun

  • 1A former province of South Africa, situated on the east coast. Having been a Boer republic and then a British colony, Natal acquired internal self-government in 1893 and became a province of the Union of South Africa in 1910. It was renamed KwaZulu-Natal in 1994.

  • 2A port on the Atlantic coast of NE Brazil, capital of the state of Rio Grande do Norte; population 774,230 (2007).

Pronunciation:

Natal

/nəˈtɑːl//nəˈtal/