Pronunciation: (ad'vent), [key]
1. a coming into place, view, or being; arrival: the advent of the holiday season.
2. (usually cap.) the coming of Christ into the world.
3. (cap.) the period beginning four Sundays before Christmas, observed in commemoration of the coming of Christ into the world.
4. (usually cap.) See Second Coming.
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