Definition of Renaissance

1. 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.

Exact synonyms: Renascence
Terms within: High Renaissance, Quattrocento, Italian Renaissance
Group relationships: History
Generic synonyms: Age, Historic Period

2. Noun. The revival of learning and culture.
Exact synonyms: Rebirth, Renascence
Generic synonyms: Resurgence, Revitalisation, Revitalization, Revival, Revivification
Derivative terms: Renascent

Definition of Renaissance

1. n. A new birth, or revival.

Definition of Renaissance

1. Proper noun. The 14th century revival of classical art, architecture, literature and learning that originated in Italy and spread throughout Europe over the following two centuries. ¹

2. Proper noun. The period of this revival; the transition from medieval to modern times. ¹

3. Proper noun. Any similar artistic or intellectual revival. ¹

4. Adjective. Of, or relating to the Renaissance. ¹

5. Adjective. Of, or relating to the style of art or architecture of the Renaissance. ¹

6. Noun. A rebirth or revival. ¹

7. Noun. (qualifier historic) The transition period between medieval and modern times, the Renaissance. ¹

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Definition of Renaissance

1. naissance [n -S] - See also: naissance

Lexicographical Neighbors of Renaissance

Rembrandt van Rijn
Rembrandt van Ryn
Remembrance Day
Remembrance Sunday
Remilegia australis
Remote Oceania
Renaissance Latin
Renaissance man
Renaissance men
Renata Tebaldi
Renaut body
Rendu-Osler-Weber syndrome
Rene-Robert Cavelier
Rene Antoine Ferchault de Reaumur
Rene Descartes
Rene Magritte

Literary usage of Renaissance

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. I Give You My Word by Françoise Giroud, Claude Glayman (1903)
"It may be well here to distinguish, as far as possible, between the terms renaissance, Revival of Learning, and Humanism, — terms which are often used ..."

2. The Cambridge Modern History by Adolphus William Ward, George Walter Prothero (1904)
"We have not as yet approached the French renaissance, which has indeed an interest and ... In the north the renaissance made its home in the schools, ..."

3. The Stones of Venice by John Ruskin (1885)
"THIRD, OR renaissance, PERIOD. ... AKIA' renaissance. § i. I TRUST that the reader has been enabled, by the preceding chapters, ..."

4. A History of English Poetry by William John Courthope (1905)
"CHAPTER I EFFECTS OF THE CLASSICAL renaissance ON MODERN EUROPEAN POETRY THROUGHOUT this history I have used the word " renaissance " to express a twofold ..."

5. Ancient Rome in the Light of Recent Discoveries by Rodolfo Amedeo Lanciani (1891)
"CHAPTER I. THE renaissance OF ARCH^EOLOGICAL STUDIES. VERY few students are aware that Cola di Rienzo, the Roman tribune of the fourteenth century, ..."

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