- (sometimes initial capital letter) a mythical bird of great beauty fabled to live 500 or 600 years in the Arabian wilderness, to burn itself on a funeral pyre, and to rise from its ashes in the freshness of youth and live through another cycle of years: often an emblem of immortality or of reborn idealism or hope.
- genitive Phoe·ni·cis [fee-nahy-sis, -nee-] /fiˈnaɪ sɪs, -ˈni-/. (initial capital letter) Astronomy. a southern constellation between Hydrus and Sculptor.
- a person or thing of peerless beauty or excellence; paragon.
- a person or thing that has become renewed or restored after suffering calamity or apparent annihilation.
Origin of phoenix
- Classical Mythology.
- the brother of Cadmus and Europa, and eponymous ancestor of the Phoenicians.
- a son of Amyntor and Cleobule who became the foster father of Achilles and who fought with the Greek forces in the Trojan War.
- a city in and the capital of Arizona, in the central part.
- Military. a 13-foot (4 meters), 989-pound (445 kg), U.S. Navy air-to-air missile with radar guidance and a range of over 120 nautical miles.
- a state in SW United States. 113,909 sq. mi. (295,025 sq. km). Capital: Phoenix. Abbreviation: AZ (for use with zip code), Ariz.
Examples from the Web for phoenix
Three on-the-record stories from a family: a mother and her daughters who came from Phoenix.I Tried to Warn You About Sleazy Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in 2003
January 7, 2015
He came to Phoenix once and we went up to see him, and they got so crazy that I ended up trying to hitchhike home.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
But you know, I had only one other hero in my life acting and that was River [Phoenix].Coffee Talk with Ethan Hawke: On ‘Boyhood,’ Jennifer Lawrence, and Bill Clinton’s Urinal Exchange
December 27, 2014
When a client needs to move something by air, Phoenix gets it done.
Now that they had the isolation chamber, it was up to Phoenix to find a plane to carry it.
But, before setting out, they all helped Phoenix to build a habitation.Tanglewood Tales
Major Vernon had risen, resplendent as the phoenix, from the ashes of his old clothes.Henry Dunbar
M. E. Braddon
In that connection he mentions a sharp who lives in Phoenix.Faro Nell and Her Friends
Alfred Henry Lewis
From this to the hour of a late dinner, the Phoenix Park became his resort.Jack Hinton
Charles James Lever
You'll get your ticket as usual and a reservation at the Tycho Hotel in Phoenix.Security
Poul William Anderson
- a legendary Arabian bird said to set fire to itself and rise anew from the ashes every 500 years
- a person or thing of surpassing beauty or quality
- a constellation in the S hemisphere lying between Grus and Eridanus
- a city in central Arizona, capital city of the state, on the Salt River. Pop: 1 388 416 (2003 est)
- a state of the southwestern US: consists of the Colorado plateau in the northeast, including the Grand Canyon, divided from desert in the southwest by mountains rising over 3750 m (12 500 ft). Capital: Phoenix. Pop: 5 580 811 (2003 est). Area: 293 750 sq km (113 417 sq miles)Abbreviation: Ariz., (with zip code) AZ
Word Origin and History for phoenix
Old English and Old French fenix, from Medieval Latin phenix, from Latin phoenix, from Greek phoinix, mythical bird of Arabia which flew to Egypt every 500 years to be reborn, also "the date" (fruit and tree), also "Phoenician," literally "purple-red," perhaps a foreign word (Egyptian has been suggested), or from phoinos "blood-red." Exact relation and order of the senses in Greek is unclear.
Ðone wudu weardaþ wundrum fæger
fugel feþrum se is fenix hatan
Spelling assimilated to Greek 16c. (see ph). Figurative sense of "that which rises from the ashes of what was destroyed" is attested from 1590s. The city in Arizona, U.S., so called because it was founded in 1867 on the site of an ancient Native American settlement.
1861, originally as the name of a breakaway Confederate region of southern New Mexico; organized roughly along modern lines as a U.S. territory in 1863. From Spanish Arizonac, probably from a local name among the O'odham (Piman) people meaning "having a little spring." Alternative theory is that it derives from Basque arizonak "good oaks."
A mythical bird that periodically burned itself to death and emerged from the ashes as a new phoenix. According to most stories, the rebirth of the phoenix happened every five hundred years. Only one phoenix lived at a time.
Capital city of Arizona.