Definition of Renaissance in English:


Pronunciation /rɪˈneɪs(ə)ns//ˌrɛneɪˈsɒ̃s/


  • 1The revival of European art and literature under the influence of classical models in the 14th–16th centuries.

    1. 1.1 The culture and style of art and architecture developed during the Renaissance.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘One of the first things to note about The Westin Tokyo is its extensive events facilities, which include a Renaissance chapel and Shinto Hall.’
    2. 1.2a renaissance A revival of or renewed interest in something.
      ‘cinema-going is enjoying something of a renaissance’
      • ‘It could even be that this contract will be viewed in five years' time as having led to a renaissance of general practice.’
      • ‘Over the past decade we have enjoyed a renaissance in the appreciation of historic performances.’
      • ‘Popular culture has enjoyed a renaissance, and artists struggle to support themselves.’
      • ‘Ghosts have enjoyed a renaissance of sorts in literary and cultural criticism.’
      • ‘As a result of the Spanish Muslim impact, Tunisia experienced a renaissance in all forms of art.’
      • ‘Some have argued that the activities of these reforming scholars indicate a renaissance of Chinese public morality.’
      • ‘It's also behind what may be a renaissance in traditional north Vietnamese cooking.’
      • ‘These little plastic freaks have achieved quite a renaissance on the Web, with almost a dozen pages devoted to them.’
      • ‘Traditional music has undergone a renaissance in the last few decades.’
      • ‘Pottery is enjoying a renaissance as potters combine modern techniques with traditional designs.’
      • ‘Britain's woodlands are enjoying a renaissance in private purchasing by those who want to own their very own piece of nature.’
      • ‘Your love life is sure to have a renaissance long before you reach middle age.’
      • ‘After a period in the critical wilderness, Bacharach has of late been enjoying something of a renaissance.’
      • ‘In recent years there has been a renaissance of traditional music throughout the Andes.’
      • ‘The original version of Spider-Man has gone through something of a renaissance, in recent times.’
      • ‘Despite now being aged 51, former world champion Karpov has seen a renaissance in his play.’
      • ‘The medium has reason to feel triumphant, as it is currently enjoying a renaissance.’
      • ‘One of the dreams I had is that it would inspire the interest of the media and bring about a renaissance of calypso.’
      • ‘What isn't widely known is that there is another Italian renaissance going on, a renaissance in dance music.’
      • ‘Vietnam has experienced a renaissance in popular religious activity in recent years.’


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