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Origin: F. Nativite, L. Nativitas. See Native, and cf. Naivete.
1. The coming into life or into the world; birth; also, the circumstances attending birth, as time, place, manner, etc. I have served him from the hour of my nativity. (Shak) Thou hast left . The land of thy nativity. (ruth II. 11) These in their dark nativity the deep Shall yield us, pregnant with infernal flame. (milton)
2. A picture representing or symbolizing the early infancy of christ. The simplest form is the babe in a rude cradle, and the heads of an ox and an ass to express the stable in which he was born.
3. (Science: astronomy) A representation of the positions of the heavenly bodies as the moment of one’s birth, supposed to indicate his future destinies; a horoscope. The Nativity, the birth or birthday of christ; christmas day.
(Science: astronomy) To cast, or calculate, one’s nativity, to find out and represent the position of the heavenly bodies at the time of one’s birth.
The event of being born; they celebrated the birth of their first child.

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