Definition of advent noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈædvent//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈædvent//
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  1. 1[singular] the advent of something/somebody the coming of an important event, person, invention, etc. the advent of new technology
  2. 2 Advent [uncountable] (in the Christian religion) the period of approximately four weeks before Christmas
  3. Word OriginOld English, from Latin adventus ‘arrival’, from advenire, from ad- ‘to’ + venire ‘come’.Extra examples Before the advent of the railways, communications were slow and difficult. She succeeded in a profession which, until her advent, had been entirely male. The advent of the child had caused problems in their relationship. The advent of the new government resulted in many changes. The advent of the new regime led to a marked decline in women’s rights. The fighting continued until the advent of winter. With the advent of John Hume came a change of direction.
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