A Word A Day : Renaissance

Word of 20th July 2007: A Word A Day-Renaissance


( Noun )

Renaissance (REN I SAHNS): a rebirth or revival

• The capital R Renaissance was a great blossoming of art, literature, science and culture in general that transformed Europe between the fourteenth and seventeenth centuries. The word is also used in connection with lesser rebirths.

• The declining neighborhood underwent a renaissance when a group of investors bought several crumbling tenements and turned them into attractive apartment buildings.

• The small college's football team had endured many losing seasons but underwent a dramatic renaissance when the new coach recruited half a dozen-400-pound freshmen.

Renaissance can also be spelled renascence.

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