Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
ren·ais·sance(rĕn′ĭ-säns′, -zäns′, rĭ-nā′səns)
1. A rebirth or revival.
a. The humanistic revival of classical art, architecture, literature, and learning that originated in Italy in the 14th century and later spread throughout Europe.
b. The period of this revival, roughly the 14th through the 16th century, marking the transition from medieval to modern times.
3. often Renaissance
a. A revival of intellectual or artistic achievement and vigor: the Celtic Renaissance.
b. The period of such a revival.
1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of the Renaissance or its artistic and intellectual works and styles.
2. Of or being the style of architecture and decoration, based on classical models, that originated in Italy in the 14th century and continued throughout Europe up to the end of the 16th century.
Renaissance(rəˈneɪsəns; US ˈrɛnəˌsɒns)
1. (Historical Terms) the Renaissance the period of European history marking the waning of the Middle Ages and the rise of the modern world: usually considered as beginning in Italy in the 14th century
2. (Historical Terms)
a. the spirit, culture, art, science, and thought of this period. Characteristics of the Renaissance are usually considered to include intensified classical scholarship, scientific and geographical discovery, a sense of individual human potentialities, and the assertion of the active and secular over the religious and contemplative life
(Historical Terms) of, characteristic of, or relating to the Renaissance, its culture, etc
renaissance(rəˈneɪsəns; US ˈrɛnəˌsɒns) or
a revival or rebirth, esp of culture and learning
[C19: from French, from Latin re- + nascī to be born]
Ren•ais•sance(ˌrɛn əˈsɑns, -ˈzɑns, -ˈsɑ̃s, ˈrɛn əˌsɑns, -ˌzɑns, -ˌsɑ̃s; esp. Brit. rɪˈneɪ səns)
n. Also, Renascence.
1. the activity, spirit, or time of the great revival of art, literature, and learning in Europe beginning in the 14th century and extending to the 17th century, marking the transition from the medieval to the modern world.
2. the forms and treatments in art used during this period.
3. (sometimes l.c.) any similar revival in the world of art and learning.
4. (l.c.) renewal; rebirth: a moral renaissance.adj.
5. of, pertaining to, or suggestive of the European Renaissance: Renaissance attitudes.
6. of or pertaining to the style of architecture and decoration originating in Italy in the 15th century, characterized by the revival and adaptation of ancient Roman motifs and forms, including the classical orders, and by an emphasis on symmetry.
(c. 1300–1545) Meaning “rebirth,” the term describes the revival of classical learning and art. Centered at first in Florence, it marked the end of the Middle Ages and was the outstanding creative period in western art. Architecture, painting, and sculpture, deriving from Greek and Roman models, developed with an unparalleled vigor and prominence, and the artist gained a role in society hitherto unknown, mainly due to the rival city states that employed them. Artistic innovation included perspective and painting with oil.
Switch to new thesaurus
|Noun||1.||Renaissance - 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|
High Renaissance - the artistic style of early 16th century painting in Florence and Rome; characterized by technical mastery and heroic composition and humanistic content
history - the aggregate of past events; "a critical time in the school's history"
quattrocento - the 15th century in Italian art and literature
Italian Renaissance - the early period when Italy was the center of the Renaissance
|2.||Renaissance - the revival of learning and culture|