renaissance

noun, often attributive
re·​nais·​sance | \ ˌre-nə-ˈsän(t)s How to pronounce renaissance (audio) , -ˈzän(t)s, -ˈsäⁿs, -ˈzäⁿs; ˈre-nə-ˌsän(t)s, -ˌzän(t)s, -ˌsäⁿs, -ˌzäⁿs, chiefly British ri-ˈnā-sᵊn(t)s How to pronounce renaissance (audio) \

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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Both are within walking distance of a downtown seeing a renaissance. Sharon Coolidge, Cincinnati.com, "Takeaways we learned from a visit to Orlando MLS stadium/community just like FC Cincinnati's," 9 June 2019 Thanks to Cardi B and Kim Kardashian West, archival Mugler pieces are experiencing a renaissance. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "This Rising R&B Star Channeled Blade Runner in Mugler’s Front Row," 27 Feb. 2019 This part of the world was never a bad idea, but Cabo San Lucas has undergone a renaissance in the lead up to 2019 (plus more to come this year), with more new and updated luxury hotel offerings than ever before. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 19 Best Places to Travel in 2019," 10 Jan. 2019 Detroit has been undergoing a renaissance, but that’s due mainly to Governor Rick Snyder’s decision to appoint an emergency manager in 2013 to get the city’s finances in order. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Motor City Madness," 27 Sep. 2018 And, through stylish design, new SUV and crossover entrants and consistent advertising, Buick has done what GM's luxury brand, Cadillac, has not — achieved a brand renaissance that drives increased new car sales and attracts younger buyers. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "The GM brand that nearly died and the unlikely buyers saving it," 27 June 2018 Designed in 1962 at the height of Italy’s post-war design renaissance, the Arco Floor Lamp was just one of 150 or so practical everyday objects designed by Italian brothers Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "The Arco Floor Lamp Is the Perfect Solution for Rooms Without Overhead Lighting," 5 Feb. 2019 In recent years, Chicago’s outré version of feminist art has been enjoying something of a renaissance. Harper's BAZAAR, "Art Pioneer Judy Chicago Is the Feminist We All Need," 2 Apr. 2019 As the Cavs look ahead to a matchup with either the Sixers or Celtics, who lead that series 3-1 and host Game 5 on Wednesday, Love's renaissance gives Cleveland the most comfort. Tom Withers, Houston Chronicle, "Sweep, sleep: Cavaliers oust Raptors, wait for East finals foe," 8 May 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 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 How to pronounce renaissance (audio) \

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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