phoenix

noun phoe·nix \ ˈfē-niks \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

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

phoenixlike

play \ˈfē-niks-ˌlīk\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of phoenix

Middle English fenix, from Old English, from Latin phoenix, from Greek phoinix

Other Mythology and Folklore Terms


Phoenix

geographical name Phoe·nix \ ˈfē-niks \

Definition of Phoenix

city on the Salt River in Arizona population 1,445,632
Note: Phoenix is Arizona's capital and its most populous city.

Phoenician

play \fē-ˈni-shən\ noun

PHOENIX Defined for English Language Learners

phoenix

noun

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


PHOENIX Defined for Kids

phoenix

noun phoe·nix \ ˈfē-niks \

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


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