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



    BrE BrE//rɪˈneɪsns//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrenəsɑːns//
    [singular] Styles of art
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  1. 1the Renaissance the period in Europe during the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries when people became interested in the ideas and culture of ancient Greece and Rome and used these influences in their own art, literature, etc. Renaissance art See related entries: Styles of art
  2. 2a situation when there is new interest in a particular subject, form of art, etc. after a period when it was not very popular synonym revival The British film industry is currently enjoying something of a renaissance. to experience a renaissance
  3. Word Originfrom French renaissance, from re- ‘back, again’ + naissance ‘birth’ (from Latin nascentia, from nasci ‘be born’).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: renaissance