noun, often attributive
re·​nais·​sance | \ ˈre-nə-ˌsän(t)s How to pronounce renaissance (audio) , -ˌzän(t)s How to pronounce renaissance (audio) , -ˌsäⁿs, -ˌzäⁿs; ˌre-nə-ˈsän(t)s How to pronounce renaissance (audio) , -ˈzän(t)s, -ˈsäⁿs, -ˈzäⁿs, 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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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
Recent Examples on the Web But that's what is great about drive-ins, which have had a renaissance this summer. Frank Pallotta For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "I spent $40 to watch 'E.T.' at a drive-in. It was the best money I spent all summer," 30 Aug. 2020 And yet, in the past couple of years, Fox has enjoyed a bit of a renaissance. Anne Cohen,, "Megan Fox: “Why Did I Let Myself Get Shit On For Something I Knew Wasn’t True?”," 25 Aug. 2020 Dylan Bundy, enjoying a renaissance with Angels, is just 27 years old. Jesse Yomtov, USA TODAY, "MLB power rankings: Fernando Tatis Jr. has San Diego Padres set to end postseason drought," 24 Aug. 2020 The advent of heavier-than-lead shot has created a bit of a renaissance in sub-gauge shotgunning for turkeys. Joseph Albanese, Field & Stream, "The 9 Best Single-Shot Rifles and Shotguns for Any Budget," 14 Aug. 2020 Accelerationism is experiencing a renaissance in recent months, and that comes as no surprise to Miller and researchers like her, who follow the white nationalist movement. Ian Allen, The New Republic, "Donald Trump’s Coded Message to White-Nationalist “Accelerationists”," 12 Aug. 2020 His designs ushered in a renaissance in hip-hop style in the nineteen-nineties, and would help influence the reinvention of Europe’s design houses at the turn of the century. Erin Overbey, The New Yorker, "Sunday Reading: Fashionable Minds," 23 Aug. 2020 But the sport has grown online – ushering in a generational renaissance in play and interest. Noah Robertson, The Christian Science Monitor, "Online chess is thriving, a calming constant in a chaotic year," 20 Aug. 2020 But the coronavirus pandemic — which caused massive price-displacements in financial markets — has sparked an unlikely renaissance in global macro. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Capital Note: Coronavirus Winners & Losers," 20 Aug. 2020

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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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12 Sep 2020

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“Renaissance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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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


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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