phoe·​nix | \ ˈfē-niks How to pronounce phoenix (audio) \

Definition of phoenix

: a legendary bird which according to one account lived 500 years, burned itself to ashes on a pyre, and rose alive from the ashes to live another period also : a person or thing likened to the phoenix

Other Words from phoenix

phoenixlike \ ˈfē-​niks-​ˌlīk How to pronounce phoenix (audio) \ adjective

Examples of phoenix in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Within a day, my starter had revived, like a phoenix rising from the ashes. Washington Post, 2 May 2022 Watch for another phoenix to rise with Phoenix Key condominiums on vacant gulf-front land on Perdido Beach Boulevard in Orange Beach, just past the Ono Island bridge. Kathy Jumper, al, 3 Apr. 2022 The Eastern shut down during the pandemic and, like the mythical Greek phoenix, Fenix Theatre Collaborative rose from its ashes. San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Apr. 2022 With an image of a phoenix emblazoned on a screen behind him, Stacy Spikes, the founder of MoviePass, announced on Thursday that the controversial and defunct service will relaunch this summer. Brent Lang, Variety, 10 Feb. 2022 It’s this beautiful phoenix that came back out of the phallic ashes. Mikey O'connell, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Mar. 2022 Marking its return to Chicago after a two-year absence, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater was like a phoenix rising from the ashes — a hopeful sign that dance fans might be witnessing a light at the end of this pandemic tunnel. Lauren Warnecke,, 3 Mar. 2022 Eighty Seven for a group show of 10 phoenix artists from across all mediums. Sofia Krusmark, The Arizona Republic, 2 Mar. 2022 In addition to demonstrating that a phoenix back tattoo that Affleck had previously stated was fake and for a role was apparently real and earnestly obtained, the picture caught the actor in a pensive pose. Alison Willmore, Vulture, 14 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of phoenix

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for phoenix

Middle English fenix, from Old English, from Latin phoenix, from Greek phoinix

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“Phoenix.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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phoe·​nix | \ ˈfē-niks How to pronounce phoenix (audio) \

Kids Definition of phoenix

: a legendary bird which was thought to live for 500 years, burn itself to death, and rise newborn from the ashes

Phoenix geographical name

Phoe·​nix | \ ˈfē-niks How to pronounce Phoenix (audio) \

Definition of Phoenix

city on the Salt River in Arizona population 1,445,632

Note: Phoenix is Arizona's capital and its most populous city.

Other Words from phoenix

Phoenician \ fē-​ˈni-​shən How to pronounce Phoenix (audio) \ noun

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