renaissance

noun, often attributive re·nais·sance \ ˌre-nə-ˈsän(t)s , -ˈzän(t)s , -ˈsäⁿs , -ˈzäⁿs ; ˈre-nə-ˌsän(t)s , -ˌzän(t)s , -ˌsäⁿs , -ˌzäⁿs , chiefly British ri-ˈnā-sᵊn(t)s \
|Updated on: 17 Jun 2018
1 capitalized
a : the transitional movement in Europe between medieval and modern times beginning in the 14th century in Italy, lasting into the 17th century, and marked by a humanistic revival of classical influence expressed in a flowering of the arts and literature and by the beginnings of modern science
b : the period of the Renaissance
c : the neoclassical style of architecture prevailing during the Renaissance
2 often capitalized : a movement or period of vigorous artistic and intellectual activity

Examples of renaissance in a Sentence

  1. a book on the Renaissance

  2. the 19th-century literary renaissance that prompted people to refer to Boston as the Athens of America

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Origin and Etymology of renaissance

French, from Middle French, rebirth, from Old French renaistre to be born again, from Latin renasci, from re- + nasci to be born — more at nation


RENAISSANCE Defined for English Language Learners

renaissance

  • the Renaissance : the period of European history between the 14th and 17th centuries when there was a new interest in science and in ancient art and literature especially in Italy

  • : a situation or period of time when there is a new interest in something that has not been popular in a long time

  • : a period of new growth or activity


RENAISSANCE Defined for Kids

renaissance

noun re·nais·sance \ ˌre-nə-ˈsäns \
1 capitalized : the period of European history between the 14th and 17th centuries marked by a fresh interest in ancient art and literature and by the beginnings of modern science
2 : the act of changing in a positive way : a period during which things are improving
  • The city's downtown is experiencing a renaissance.


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