Definition of nativity scene in US English:

nativity scene

noun

  • another term for crèche (sense 1 of the noun)
    • ‘The event featured a procession with children in nativity costume, a nativity scene and carol singing.’
    • ‘The nativity scene remains in its place until January 6, the Epiphany (the twelfth night after Christmas).’
    • ‘A singing Santa was sabotaged and a nativity scene stoned when vandals attacked a street of popular residential Christmas lights.’
    • ‘I was amused when he said it reminded us of what Christmas was about, as the nativity scene had nothing to do with the pagan festival.’
    • ‘A shop in North Pattaya displayed a beautiful nativity scene with snow and all, but apparently overcrowded.’
    • ‘How does the local childcare centre respect families of minority cultures while incorporating the nativity scene, Christian carols and the visit of Santa Claus in the end-of-year curriculum?’
    • ‘However, if my remarks about our example of the nativity scene were correct, one could know that that scene was produced by design but could not do so in either of these ways.’
    • ‘So he proposed that we replace the traditional Christmas nativity scene with a gigantic birthday cake that had written on it, Happy Birthday, Jesus.’
    • ‘He goes on to provide background information on his mother's role as superintendent of the Sunday school and as organizer of the annual nativity scene performed on the church lawn.’
    • ‘The minister was looking at the church nativity scene when he noticed that baby Jesus was missing.’
    • ‘It's not the first time Baby Jesus has been stolen from a front-lawn nativity scene.’
    • ‘Life-size models of two shepherds used in a church nativity scene have been decapitated by vandals.’
    • ‘They have not merely sent out Christmas-themed Christmas cards, but recreated the nativity scene on the front.’
    • ‘St. Francis organized a group of people to go on Christmas Eve and created the first live nativity scene that year.’
    • ‘On the inside, the driver's seat is surrounded by baubles and tinsel framing gaudy pictures of the Virgin Mary and Jesus; a nativity scene suggesting Christmas year round.’
    • ‘Some councils already display a nativity scene in public, such as Glasgow, where a crib is placed in George Square every year.’
    • ‘We are playing Christmas carols from a PA system and a nativity scene is on the 1930s engine.’

Pronunciation

nativity scene

/nəˈtivədē sēn/