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noun, often attributive re·nais·sance \ˌre-nə-ˈsän(t)s, -ˈzän(t)s, -ˈsäⁿs, -ˈzäⁿs, ˈre-nə-ˌ, chiefly British ri-ˈnā-sən(t)s\

Simple Definition of renaissance

  • the Renaissance : the period of European history between the 14th and 17th centuries when there was a new interest in science and in ancient art and literature especially in Italy

  • : a situation or period of time when there is a new interest in something that has not been popular in a long time

  • : a period of new growth or activity

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of renaissance

  1. 1 capitalized a :  the transitional movement in Europe between medieval and modern times beginning in the 14th century in Italy, lasting into the 17th century, and marked by a humanistic revival of classical influence expressed in a flowering of the arts and literature and by the beginnings of modern science b :  the period of the Renaissance c :  the neoclassic style of architecture prevailing during the Renaissance

  2. 2 often capitalized :  a movement or period of vigorous artistic and intellectual activity

  3. 3 :  rebirth, revival

Examples of renaissance in a sentence

  1. a book on the Renaissance

  2. <the 19th-century literary renaissance that prompted people to refer to Boston as the Athens of America>

Origin and Etymology of renaissance

French, from Middle French, rebirth, from Old French renaistre to be born again, from Latin renasci, from re- + nasci to be born — more at nation

First Known Use: 1845

RENAISSANCE Defined for Kids


noun re·nais·sance \ˌre-nə-ˈsäns\

Definition of renaissance for Students

  1. 1 cap :  the period of European history between the 14th and 17th centuries marked by a fresh interest in ancient art and literature and by the beginnings of modern science

  2. 2 :  the act of changing in a positive way :  a period during which things are improving <The city's downtown is experiencing a renaissance.>

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