Meaning of “nativity” in the English Dictionary

"nativity" in British English

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nativitynoun

/nəˈtɪv.ə.ti/ /nəˈtɪv.ə.t̬i/
the Nativity

[ S ] the birth of Jesus Christ, celebrated by Christians at Christmas:

Christmas is the season when Christians around the world recount the story of the Nativity.

[ C ] a model or picture of the Nativity:

The nativity consisted of elaborate hand-carved figures.
Nativity sets sell well in the run-up to Christmas.

[ C ] also nativity play a play that tells the story of Jesus Christ's birth, usually performed by children at Christmas:

She played the role of Mary in the school nativity.

(Definition of “nativity” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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Nativitynoun [ U ]

us /nəˈtɪv·ɪ·t̬i/

the birth of Jesus, celebrated by Christians at Christmas:

the Nativity story

(Definition of “Nativity” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)