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 \

Definition of renaissance 

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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for renaissance

Synonyms

belle epoque (or belle époque), golden age

Antonyms

dark age

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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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The attention to bowling shoes comes at a time when bowling is experiencing a mini-renaissance. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New Berlin graphic designer named finalist in bowling shoe makeover contest," 11 July 2018 The 22-year-old song is now experiencing a renaissance as a meme, as an anthem, and as a rallying cry that is half genuine, half tongue-in-cheek. Jonathan Clegg, WSJ, "It’s Coming Home: The Meme Behind England’s World Cup Fervor," 7 July 2018 Newsletter-Based Book Clubs Much like book clubs, newsletters are also experiencing a renaissance. Rachel King, Fortune, "Book Clubs Are Really Having a Moment Right Now," 2 July 2018 The good news is that Discovery is only the beginning of a Trek renaissance. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "Harlan Ellison Turned Star Trek Into Something More. Could It Happen Again?," 29 June 2018 Like many small American cities, Buffalo, which had early booms from various industries, including railways, shipyards and steel manufacturing, is shedding its rusty roots and experiencing a bona fide renaissance. Amy Thomas, New York Times, "36 Hours in Buffalo," 28 June 2018 Buy Photo Philly’s food scene — often highlighted for its cheesesteaks, roast pork and water ice — has experienced a restaurant renaissance over the past decade. Josh Rosenblat, Philly.com, "Where to eat in Philadelphia," 15 June 2018 Necco Wafers are the last candy anybody expected to experience a late-in-life renaissance. Southern Living, "171 Years Later, Why Necco Wafers are Becoming America's Most Sought-After Candy," 11 Apr. 2018 The country is also experiencing a renaissance of sorts, in food, art, and technology. Sebastian Modak, Condé Nast Traveler, "7 Places Where the U.S. Dollar Is Really Strong Right Now," 2 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of renaissance

1837, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for 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

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renaissance

noun

English Language Learners Definition of 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

noun
re·nais·sance | \ˌre-nə-ˈsäns \

Kids Definition of renaissance

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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