Main definitions of phoenix in English

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Phoenix1

proper noun

Astronomy
  • 1A southern constellation (the Phoenix), west of Grus.

    1. 1.1Used with preceding letter or numeral to designate a star in this constellation.
      ‘the star Delta Phoenicis’

Origin

Latin.

Pronunciation:

Phoenix

/ˈfiːnɪks/

Main definitions of phoenix in English

: Phoenix1Phoenix2

Phoenix2

proper noun

  • The state capital of Arizona; population 1,567,924 (est. 2008). Its dry climate makes it a popular winter resort.

Pronunciation:

Phoenix

/ˈfiːnɪks/

Main definitions of phoenix in English

: Phoenix1Phoenix2

phoenix

noun

  • 1(in classical mythology) a unique bird that lived for five or six centuries in the Arabian desert, after this time burning itself on a funeral pyre and rising from the ashes with renewed youth to live through another cycle.

    • ‘Like the mythical phoenix, which arose in its own ashes, the ram was chosen as a natural symbol of resurrection because of its ability, when shorn, to replenish its stock of wool.’
    • ‘Unicorns, elves, leprechauns, phoenixes, griffins, and humans all existed very peacefully together on Earth, until evil was set loose.’
    • ‘The phoenix was a mythical bird of ancient Egypt which reputedly burned every 500 years and rose rejuvenated from its ashes.’
    • ‘A phoenix is a bird that rises from the ashes of its deceased predecessor.’
    • ‘The award is named in recognition of the mythological phoenix, a bird that lived five centuries, died and was reborn from its own ashes.’
    1. 1.1A person or thing regarded as uniquely remarkable in some respect.
      ‘I'm that phoenix, the old-fashioned family doctor’
      • ‘It would be wonderful if city planning in Sofia could strike out on a unique, radical path creating a phoenix of a capital suitable for third millennium urban living.’
      • ‘He is a phoenix rising from mediocrity, an actor in perpetual renaissance.’

Origin

From Old French fenix, via Latin from Greek phoinix Phoenician, reddish purple, or phoenix. The relationship between the Greek senses is obscure: it could not be ‘the Phoenician bird’ because the legend centres on the temple at Heliopolis in Egypt, where the phoenix is said to have burnt itself on the altar. Perhaps the basic sense is purple, symbolic of fire and possibly the primary sense of Phoenicia as the purple land (or land of the sunrise).

Pronunciation:

phoenix

/ˈfiːnɪks/