Definitions for renaissanceˌrɛn əˈsɑns, -ˈzɑns, -ˈsɑ̃s, ˈrɛn əˌsɑns, -ˌzɑns, -ˌsɑ̃s; esp. Brit. rɪˈneɪ səns

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

Ren•ais•sanceˌrɛn əˈsɑns, -ˈzɑns, -ˈsɑ̃s, ˈrɛn əˌsɑns, -ˌzɑns, -ˌsɑ̃s; esp. Brit. rɪˈneɪ səns(n.)

  1. Ref: Also, Renascence.

  2. the activity, spirit, or time of the great revival of art, literature, and learning in Europe beginning in the 14th century and extending to the 17th century, marking the transition from the medieval to the modern world.

    Category: Western History

  3. the forms and treatments in art used during this period.

    Category: Fine Arts

  4. (sometimes l.c.) any similar revival in the world of art and learning.

  5. (l.c.) renewal; rebirth:

    a moral renaissance.

  6. (adj.)of, pertaining to, or suggestive of the European Renaissance:

    Renaissance attitudes.

    Category: Western History

  7. of or pertaining to the style of architecture and decoration originating in Italy in the 15th century, characterized by the revival and adaptation of ancient Roman motifs and forms, including the classical orders, and by an emphasis on symmetry.

    Category: Architecture

Origin of Renaissance:

1830–40; < F, MF: rebirth =renaiss- (s. of renaistre to be born again < L renāscī; re-re - +nāscī to be born) +-ance -ance

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Renaissance, Renascence(noun)

    the period of European history at the close of the Middle Ages and the rise of the modern world; a cultural rebirth from the 14th through the middle of the 17th centuries

  2. rebirth, Renaissance, Renascence(noun)

    the revival of learning and culture


  1. renaissance(Noun)

    A rebirth or revival.

  2. renaissance(Noun)

    The transition period between medieval and modern times, the Renaissance.

  3. Renaissance(Adjective)

    Of, or relating to the Renaissance.

  4. Renaissance(Adjective)

    Of, or relating to the style of art or architecture of the Renaissance.

  5. Renaissance(ProperNoun)

    The 14th century revival of classical art, architecture, literature and learning that originated in Italy and spread throughout Europe over the following two centuries.

  6. Renaissance(ProperNoun)

    The period of this revival; the transition from medieval to modern times.

  7. Renaissance(ProperNoun)

    Any similar artistic or intellectual revival.

  8. Origin: From renaissance.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Renaissance(noun)

    a new birth, or revival

  2. Renaissance(noun)

    the transitional movement in Europe, marked by the revival of classical learning and art in Italy in the 15th century, and the similar revival following in other countries

  3. Renaissance(noun)

    the style of art which prevailed at this epoch


  1. Renaissance

    The Renaissance was a cultural movement that spanned the period roughly from the 14th to the 17th century, beginning in Italy in the Late Middle Ages and later spreading to the rest of Europe. Though availability of paper and the invention of metal movable type sped the dissemination of ideas from the later 15th century, the changes of the Renaissance were not uniformly experienced across Europe. As a cultural movement, it encompassed innovative flowering of Latin and vernacular literatures, beginning with the 14th-century resurgence of learning based on classical sources, which contemporaries credited to Petrarch, the development of linear perspective and other techniques of rendering a more natural reality in painting, and gradual but widespread educational reform. In politics, the Renaissance contributed the development of the conventions of diplomacy, and in science an increased reliance on observation. Historians often argue this intellectual transformation was a bridge between the Middle Ages and the Modern era. Although the Renaissance saw revolutions in many intellectual pursuits, as well as social and political upheaval, it is perhaps best known for its artistic developments and the contributions of such polymaths as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, who inspired the term "Renaissance man".

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Renaissance

    the name given to the revolution in literature and art in Europe during the 15th and 16th centuries, caused by the revival of the study of ancient models in the literature and art of Greece and Rome, especially the former, and to the awakening in the cultured classes of the free and broad humanity that inspired them, an epoch which marks the transition from the rigid formality of mediæval to the enlightened freedom of modern times.

British National Corpus

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    Rank popularity for the word 'renaissance' in Nouns Frequency: #2797

Anagrams of renaissance

  1. necessarian

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