Definition of phoenix
: a legendary bird which according to one account lived 500 years, burned itself to ashes on a pyre, and rose alive from the ashes to live another period; also : a person or thing likened to the phoenix
phoenixlikeplay \ˈfē-niks-ˌlīk\ adjective
Recent Examples of phoenix from the Web
PHOENIX -- Unrelenting heat is bearing down on Phoenix as the temperature shoots toward a record-breaking 120.
PHOENIX — A punishing heat wave has arrived in the Southwestern U.S. and brought temperatures that will approach 120 degrees in Arizona — a number not seen in the desert city in more than 20 years.
Soccer must have seemed like the phoenix to rise from the Chargers’ ashes.
Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Cherry Cricket emerged from the fire that shut it down last November more triumphant than ever.
PHOENIX -- Crews have started to dismantle some of the tents in a controversial outdoor jail complex in Phoenix that helped make former Sheriff Joe Arpaio a national law enforcement figure.
The PLA intends to rise phoenix-like from this historic period of institutional change as a force capable of fighting and winning modern, high-tech, information-intensive joint conflicts in the maritime and aerospace battle-space domains.
PHOENIX — Chris Herrmann and the Diamondbacks made it another long day for the sinking New York Mets.
PHOENIX — Nearly a quarter of the way into the season, the identity of the Mets — the team with all those dynamic, young, hard-throwing pitchers — has been distorted beyond recognition.
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Origin and Etymology of phoenix
Middle English fenix, from Old English, from Latin phoenix, from Greek phoinix
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
PHOENIX Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of phoenix for English Language Learners
: a magical bird in ancient stories that lives for 500 years before it burns itself to death and then is born again from its ashes
Definition of Phoenix for English Language Learners
: U.S. city, Arizona
PHOENIX Defined for Kids
Definition of phoenix for Students
: a legendary bird which was thought to live for 500 years, burn itself to death, and rise newborn from the ashes
Definition of Phoenix for Students
city, capital of Arizona
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