re·​birth | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈbərth How to pronounce rebirth (audio) , ˈrē-ˌbərth \

Definition of rebirth

1a : a new or second birth : metempsychosis
b : spiritual regeneration
2 : renaissance, revival a rebirth of nationalism

Examples of rebirth in a Sentence

the natural cycle of birth, death, and rebirth in plants a renewed interest in long-playing records led to the rebirth of the turntable among audiophiles
Recent Examples on the Web Filmmakers Coodie & Chike most recently directed the doc A Kid From Coney Island, which charts the rise and fall and rebirth of ex-NBA star Stephon Marbury, through their Creative Control banner. Tatiana Siegel, Rolling Stone, 10 Jan. 2022 Real Salt Lake’s new ownership lead the club’s rebirth? Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 5 Jan. 2022 As executive director, Long presided over the center’s rebirth and retired from that post in 2000. Guillermo Contreras, San Antonio Express-News, 29 Dec. 2021 Greitens' political rebirth was seemingly fueled in February, when the Missouri Ethics Commission ruled on a campaign ethics investigation. Jim Salter, ajc, 18 Dec. 2021 This rebirth of early 2000s beauty trends has practically been making waves on the internet all year, so there's no chance that the infatuation with the early aughts will be slowing down come 2022. Sara Miranda, Allure, 8 Dec. 2021 In Hawaii, one of the best family vacation spots in the U.S., volcanoes symbolize creation and rebirth rather than destruction. Kathryn Sarkis, USA TODAY, 21 Oct. 2021 Because many African writers have got important international prizes this year, people might take it to be a kind of rebirth. Alexander Onukwue, Quartz, 20 Dec. 2021 But there's also a rebirth in the fall after the hot, laconic days of summer. David G. Allan, CNN, 22 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of rebirth

1837, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of rebirth was in 1837

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“Rebirth.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of rebirth

: a period in which something becomes popular again after a long period of time when it was not popular
: a period of new life, growth, or activity


re·​birth | \ ˌrē-ˈbərth How to pronounce rebirth (audio) , ˈrē-ˌbərth \

Kids Definition of rebirth

1 : a period in which something becomes popular again
2 : a period of new life or growth Spring brings signs of rebirth.

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