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renaissance

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

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

Full Definition of RENAISSANCE

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

Examples of RENAISSANCE

  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 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

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RENAISSANCE Defined for Kids

renaissance

noun re·nais·sance \ˌre-nə-ˈsäns\

Definition of RENAISSANCE for Kids

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
:  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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