phoe·​nix | \ ˈfē-niks How to pronounce phoenix (audio) \

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

Other Words from phoenix

phoenixlike \ ˈfē-​niks-​ˌlīk How to pronounce phoenix (audio) \ adjective

Examples of phoenix in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Amid designs that embrace asymmetry and exceptional stones, the stunner of the collection is Akh-Ba-Ka necklace, a design that puts one in mind of a phoenix rising and also boasts a terrific backstory. Laurie Brookins, Robb Report, 13 July 2022 Abe was a political phoenix, rising from the ashes of a failed first term as premier in 2006-07. Michael Auslin, WSJ, 8 July 2022 Then in the 1990s, the lighthouse really turned heads with art of a fire-breathing dragon on one side and a soaring phoenix on the other, perfect emblems for what was then an Asian restaurant called Sam Won Garden. René A. Guzman, San Antonio Express-News, 7 July 2022 Down the line, a crypto phoenix will rise out of the ashes, with less euphoria, similar to the way that the dot-com sector emerged from the dot-com bubble. Hersh Shefrin, Forbes, 1 July 2022 Flying across it is a bird, perhaps a phoenix, rendered almost in calligraphy. Raffi Khatchadourian, The New Yorker, 9 May 2022 It was born in the spirit of unifying Europe as a phoenix that rose from the ashes of World War II. Nick Vivarelli, Variety, 13 May 2022 Åkerlund retained the idea of an animal, but chose the phoenix as being representative of the band’s reemergence. Vogue, 26 May 2022 Within a day, my starter had revived, like a phoenix rising from the ashes. Washington Post, 2 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of phoenix

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for phoenix

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

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phoe·​nix | \ ˈfē-niks How to pronounce phoenix (audio) \

Kids Definition of phoenix

: a legendary bird which was thought to live for 500 years, burn itself to death, and rise newborn from the ashes

Phoenix geographical name

Phoe·​nix | \ ˈfē-niks How to pronounce Phoenix (audio) \

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.

Other Words from phoenix

Phoenician \ fē-​ˈni-​shən How to pronounce Phoenix (audio) \ noun

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