annunciation

/euh nun'see ay"sheuhn/, n.
1. (often cap.) the announcement by the angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary of her conception of Christ.
2. (cap.) a representation of this in art.
3. (cap.) Also called Lady Day. the church festival on March 25 in memory of this.
4. an act or instance of announcing; proclamation: the annunciation of a new foreign policy.
[1350-1400; ME an(n)unciacio(u)n ( < AF) < ML annunciation-, s. of annunciatio, for LL adnuntiatio; see ANNUNCIATE, -ION]

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      in Christianity, the announcement by the angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary that she would conceive a Son of the Holy Spirit to be called Jesus (Luke 1:26–38).

      The Feast of the Annunciation, one of the principal feasts of the Christian church, is celebrated on March 25 (Lady Day). The first authentic allusions to the feast (apart from the Gelasian and Gregorian sacramentaries, in both of which it is mentioned) are in acts of the Council of Toledo (656) and of the Trullan Council (692).

      Because its significance is much more than narrative, the Annunciation had a particularly important place in the arts and church decoration of the early Christian and medieval periods and in the devotional art of the Renaissance and Baroque. Moreover, because, in Christian doctrine, the event coincides with the Incarnation of Christ, it also represents a prelude to the redemption of the world.

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