re·​nais·​sance ˈre-nə-ˌsän(t)s How to pronounce renaissance (audio) -ˌzän(t)s How to pronounce renaissance (audio)
ˌre-nə-ˈsän(t)s How to pronounce renaissance (audio)
 chiefly British  ri-ˈnā-sᵊn(t)s
often attributive
: 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
: the period of the Renaissance
: the neoclassical style of architecture prevailing during the Renaissance
often capitalized : a movement or period of vigorous artistic and intellectual activity

Examples of renaissance in a Sentence

a book on the Renaissance the 19th-century literary renaissance that prompted people to refer to Boston as the Athens of America
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Word History


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

First Known Use

1837, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of renaissance was in 1837

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“Renaissance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


re·​nais·​sance ˌren-ə-ˈsän(t)s How to pronounce renaissance (audio) -ˈzän(t)s How to pronounce renaissance (audio)
capitalized : the period of European history between the 14th and 17th centuries marked by a flourishing of art and literature inspired by ancient times and by the beginnings of modern science
often capitalized : a movement or period of great activity (as in literature, science, and the arts)

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