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an·nun·ci·a·tion / əˌnənsēˈāshən/ • n. (usu. the Annunciation) the announcement of the Incarnation by the angel Gabriel to Mary (Luke 1:26–38). ∎  the church festival commemorating this, held on March 25 (Lady Day). ∎  a painting or sculpture depicting this. ∎  formal or archaic the announcement of something.

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Annunciation

21. Annunciation

  1. dove and lily pictured with Virgin and Gabriel. [Christian Iconography: Brewer Dictionary, 645]
  2. Elizabeth Marys old cousin; bears John the Baptist. [N.T.: Luke 1:3680]
  3. Gabriel messenger angel; tells Mary she will bear Christ child. [N.T.: Luke 1:2638]
  4. Hail, Mary prayer adapted from the words of Gabriel to Mary announcing the coming birth of Christ. [N.T.: Luke 1:2636]

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Annunciation

Annunciation Announcement made to the Virgin Mary by the angel Gabriel that she was to be the mother of Christ (Luke 1). In many Christian Churches, the Feast of the Annunciation is kept on March 25, a date often called ‘Lady Day’. The Annunciation was a common subject for painters during medieval and Renaissance times.

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Annunciation the announcement of the Incarnation, made by Gabriel to Mary; the Feast of the Annunciation is celebrated on 25 March, otherwise called Lady Day. In art, representations often show Mary sitting with a book on her lap, her pose either shrinking or accepting; Gabriel often holds a lily.

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Annunciation. The announcement to the Virgin Mary by the angel Gabriel that she would conceive a son Jesus (Luke 1.26–38). The Christian festival, also called ‘Lady Day’, is celebrated on 25 Mar., exactly nine months before Christmas, even though the date falls in Lent.

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annunciation

annunciation announcement (spec. of the Incarnation). XIV. — (O)F. annonciation — late L. annuntiātiō, -ōn-, f. annuntiāre ANNOUNCE; see -ATION.

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