Definition of Renaissance in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈrenəˌsäns/
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.
Example sentences
  • 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
More example sentences
  • 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.


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

  • The Renaissance of the 14th to 16th centuries was literally a ‘rebirth’ of culture after what was regarded as the uncivilized period of the Middle Ages. It began in Florence, where there was a revival of interest in classical antiquity, and spread to Venice, Rome, and then throughout Europe. Renaissance is a French word derived from Latin nasci ‘to be born’ ( see nation), which was not used in English until the 1840s—before that it was known as the Revival of Learning. A Renaissance man has many talents and interests, like the great Renaissance figure Leonardo da Vinci, who was a notable painter, scientist, inventor, and engineer. An ideal gentleman of the time was expected to have many accomplishments and a broad education in both the arts and the sciences.

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Syllabification: Ren·ais·sance

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