re·​birth (ˌ)rē-ˈbərth How to pronounce rebirth (audio)
: a new or second birth : metempsychosis
: spiritual regeneration
: renaissance, revival
a rebirth of nationalism

Example Sentences

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 In East Asian countries, including China and Japan, mushrooms have been regarded more highly, and are often viewed as symbols of rebirth and regeneration. Anna Kodé, New York Times, 24 Mar. 2023 Spring is rebirth after the long death of winter, and traditional cultures didn’t take the return of food and better weather for granted. David G. Allan, CNN, 20 Mar. 2023 Spring is just days away, a period associated with rebirth as the natural world revives itself after its long winter sleep. Jade Chung-lee, PCMAG, 9 Mar. 2023 In The Half Pearl’s focus is less on dissolution than rebirth. Clayton Purdom, Chron, 6 Feb. 2023 Her tenure marked a period of revitalization in the city, including the expansion of the Vista Business Park, improvements to Moonlight Amphitheater, three new fire stations, two skateboard parks, Vista Sports Park and a rebirth of the city’s historic downtown. San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Feb. 2023 In other words, birth/rebirth is one big creepy metaphor for motherhood. Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 Jan. 2023 His rebirth would have played so much more effectively had this movie examined that darkness. Odie Henderson,, 4 Jan. 2023 Resisting treacly melodrama, Hansen-Løve tells this elemental story of loss and rebirth with graceful restraint, respecting her characters (and her audience) too much to resort to manipulative gimmicks. Tim Grierson, Los Angeles Times, 3 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1837, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of rebirth was in 1837

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“Rebirth.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2023.

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re·​birth (ˈ)rē-ˈbərth How to pronounce rebirth (audio)
: a new or second birth
: a return to importance

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