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Thursday, February 08, 2018

Definitions for naissance

  1. a birth, an origination, or a growth, as that of a person, an organization, an idea, or a movement.

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Citations for naissance
If this was a period of Renaissance for Western Europe, was it not rather a Naissance for Russia? Mary Platt Parmele, A Short History of Russia, 1899
Nina's watchful eyes opened wider and wider as she witnessed in Eileen the naissance of an unconscious and delicate coquetry, quite unabashed, yet the more significant for that ... Robert W. Chambers, The Younger Set, 1907
Origin of naissance
The English noun naissance comes from Middle French naissance, which is a derivative of the verb naître “to be born.” The French verb comes from the Vulgar Latin nāscere, a regular verb replacing the Latin deponent verb nāscī. Naissance entered English in the late 15th century. The sense of “new style, movement, or development (in the arts)” comes from a French usage of the 20th century.
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