Definition of Renaissance in US English:



  • 1The revival of 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.
      • ‘One of the first things to note about The Westin Tokyo is its extensive events facilities, which include a Renaissance chapel and Shinto Hall.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Christ stands under a Renaissance arcade with all'antica design and offers the host to his Apostles.’
      • ‘With the arrival of the Sforza in the mid-15th century, Milan began to develop a Renaissance style, at times directly imported from Tuscany.’
    2. 1.2a renaissance A revival of or renewed interest in something.
      ‘rail travel is enjoying a renaissance’
      • ‘These little plastic freaks have achieved quite a renaissance on the Web, with almost a dozen pages devoted to them.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Some have argued that the activities of these reforming scholars indicate a renaissance of Chinese public morality.’
      • ‘What isn't widely known is that there is another Italian renaissance going on, a renaissance in dance music.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘One of the dreams I had is that it would inspire the interest of the media and bring about a renaissance of calypso.’
      • ‘Popular culture has enjoyed a renaissance, and artists struggle to support themselves.’
      • ‘As a result of the Spanish Muslim impact, Tunisia experienced a renaissance in all forms of art.’
      • ‘The medium has reason to feel triumphant, as it is currently enjoying a renaissance.’
      • ‘In recent years there has been a renaissance of traditional music throughout the Andes.’
      • ‘Vietnam has experienced a renaissance in popular religious activity in recent years.’
      • ‘It's also behind what may be a renaissance in traditional north Vietnamese cooking.’
      • ‘Ghosts have enjoyed a renaissance of sorts in literary and cultural criticism.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      revival, renewal, resurrection, reawakening, re-emergence, reappearance, resurgence, rejuvenation, regeneration, rebirth, new birth, new dawn, new beginning
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From French renaissance, from re- ‘back, again’ + naissance ‘birth’ (from Latin nascentia, from nasci ‘be born’).