[ ih-mur-juh ns ]
/ ɪˈmɜr dʒəns /


the act or process of emerging.
an outgrowth, as a prickle, on the surface of a plant.
Evolution. the appearance of new properties or species in the course of development or evolution.

Nearby words

  1. emerald cut,
  2. emerald green,
  3. emerald isle,
  4. emerald moth,
  5. emerge,
  6. emergency,
  7. emergency boat,
  8. emergency brake,
  9. emergency medical technician,
  10. emergency medicine

Origin of emergence

1640–50; < French < Medieval Latin; see emergency

Related formsnon·e·mer·gence, nounre·e·mer·gence, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for emergence


/ (ɪˈmɜːdʒəns) /


the act or process of emerging
an outgrowth, such as a prickle, that contains no vascular tissue and does not develop into stem, leaf, etc
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Word Origin and History for emergence



1640s, "unforeseen occurrence," from French émergence, from emerger, from Latin emergere (see emerge). Meaning "an emerging" is from 1704.

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