Definition of Renaissance in English:


Syllabification: Ren·ais·sance
Pronunciation: /ˈrenəˌsäns, -ˌzäns
  • 1The revival of art and literature under the influence of classical models in the 14th-16th centuries.
  • 1.1The culture and style of art and architecture developed during the Renaissance.
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    • With the arrival of the Sforza in the mid-15th century, Milan began to develop a Renaissance style, at times directly imported from Tuscany.
    • Christ stands under a Renaissance arcade with all'antica design and offers the host to his Apostles.
    • The game includes a deck of 30 museum-quality playing cards and a full-color, 80-page art book, packaged in a Renaissance treasure box.
  • 1.2 (as noun a renaissance) A revival of or renewed interest in something: rail travel is enjoying a renaissance
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    • These little plastic freaks have achieved quite a renaissance on the Web, with almost a dozen pages devoted to them.
    • As a result of the Spanish Muslim impact, Tunisia experienced a renaissance in all forms of art.
    • Over the past decade we have enjoyed a renaissance in the appreciation of historic performances.
    revival, renewal, resurrection, reawakening, reemergence, rebirth, reappearance, resurgence, regeneration
    formal renascence


from French renaissance, from re- 'back, again' + naissance 'birth' (from Latin nascentia, from nasci 'be born').

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