Definition of Epiphany noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɪˈpɪfəni//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈpɪfəni//
    Religious holidays and festivals
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  1. 1 [uncountable, singular] a Christian festival, held on the 6 January, in memory of the time when the Magi came to see the baby Jesus at Bethlehem See related entries: Religious holidays and festivals
  2. 2epiphany [countable] (literary) a sudden and surprising moment of understanding She had an epiphany and realized it was time to leave her job and become a full-time artist.
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from Greek epiphainein ‘reveal’. The sense relating to the Christian festival is via Old French epiphanie and ecclesiastical Latin epiphania.
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