A rebirth can be a literal reincarnation — being born for a second time in a new body — and it can also mean a brand new beginning, like the rebirth of swing dancing in the 21st century.

If you're convinced that after your goldfish died, it was born again in the form of a crow, you believe in rebirth. Many religious traditions include the concept of rebirth. Even if you're not sure about reincarnation, you might describe a renewal or revival this way: "She's hoping for a rebirth of film photography," or "The money from his dad resulted in the rebirth of his business."

Definitions of rebirth

n a second or new birth

reincarnation, renascence
the passing of a soul into another body after death
cycle of rebirth
(Hinduism) repeated rebirth in new forms
(Hinduism) release from the cycle of rebirth
Type of:
birth, nascence, nascency, nativity
the event of being born

n after death the soul begins a new cycle of existence in another human body

Type of:
any state or process known through the senses rather than by intuition or reasoning

n the revival of learning and culture

Renaissance, Renascence, renaissance
Type of:
renaissance, resurgence, revitalisation, revitalization, revival, revivification
bringing again into activity and prominence

n a spiritual enlightenment causing a person to lead a new life

conversion, spiritual rebirth
the state of being a proselyte; spiritual rebirth resulting from the zeal of crusading advocacy of the gospel
Type of:
redemption, salvation
(theology) the act of delivering from sin or saving from evil

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