[ res-tuh-rey-shuhn ]
/ ˌrɛs təˈreɪ ʃən /
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(initial capital letter) of, relating to, or characteristic of the Restoration: Restoration manners.



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Origin of restoration

1350–1400; Middle English <Late Latin restaurātiōn- (stem of restaurātiō), equivalent to Latin restaurāt(us) (past participle of restaurāre to restore; see -ate1) + -iōn--ion

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British Dictionary definitions for restoration (1 of 2)

/ (ˌrɛstəˈreɪʃən) /


the act of restoring or state of being restored, as to a former or original condition, place, etc
the replacement or giving back of something lost, stolen, etc
something restored, replaced, or reconstructed
a model or representation of an extinct animal, landscape of a former geological age, etc

British Dictionary definitions for restoration (2 of 2)

/ (ˌrɛstəˈreɪʃən) /


British history
  1. the re-establishment of the monarchy in 1660 or the reign of Charles II (1660–85)
  2. (as modifier)Restoration drama
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Medical definitions for restoration

[ rĕs′tə-rāshən ]


Any of various dental fittings, such as an inlay, crown, bridge, or denture, that restore or replace lost tooth structure, teeth, or oral tissues.
A substance used to restore the missing portion of a tooth.
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Cultural definitions for restoration


The return of constitutional monarchy in Britain in the late seventeenth century. The Stuarts were placed back on the throne; the first of them after the Restoration was King Charles II.

notes for Restoration

The Restoration is known as a period of comparative gaiety in England after the severe days of government by the Puritans. Plays, in particular, had been banned by the Puritans; a large number, notably comedies, were produced during the Restoration.
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