An Epiphany window; a depiction of the visit of the Magi.
- Epiphany is defined as a sudden and profound understanding of something.
An example of epiphany is when someone has been looking for their lost keys and suddenly has an idea of where they are.
- The definition of Epiphany is a Christian celebration on January 6th that remembers when the Wise Men first saw Jesus.
An example of epiphany is the La Befana festival in Italy.
- Epiphany means when a god appears to someone.
An example of epiphany is when Allah appears to the prophet Muhammad.
- [e-] an appearance or manifestation of a god or other supernatural being
- in many Christian churches, a yearly festival, held January 6, commemorating both the revealing of Jesus as the Christ to the Gentiles in the persons of the Magi and the baptism of Jesusalso called Twelfth Day
Origin of Epiphanypopularized by James Joyce[e-]
- a moment of sudden intuitive understanding; flash of insight
- a scene, experience, etc. that occasions such a moment
Origin of EpiphanyMiddle English and Old French epiphanie from Ecclesiastical Late Latin epiphania from Ecclesiastical Greek epiphaneia, appearance from epiphainein, to show forth, manifest from epi-, upon + phainein, to show: see fantasy
- Epiphany A Christian feast celebrating the manifestation of the divine nature of Jesus to the Gentiles as represented by the Magi, traditionally observed on January 6.
- A revelatory manifestation of a divine being.
- A sudden insight or intuitive understanding: “He had a painful epiphany about the absurdity of the job and quit” ( Aleksandar Hemon )
Origin of epiphanyMiddle English epiphanie from Old French from Late Latin epiphania from Greek epiphaneia manifestation from epiphainesthai to appear epi- forth ; see epi- . phainein phan- to show ; see bhā-1 in Indo-European roots.
- A manifestation or appearance of a divine or superhuman being.
- An illuminating realization or discovery, often resulting in a personal feeling of elation, awe, or wonder.
- (Christianity) Season or time of the Christian church year from the Epiphany feast day to Mardi Gras (Shrove Tuesday), the day before Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent (See Epiphany).
From Old French epyphanie, from Late Latin epiphania, from Ancient Greek ἐπιφάνεια (epiphaneia, “manifestation, striking appearance”), from ἐπιφαίνω (epiphainō, “I appear, display”), from ἐπί (epi, “upon”) + φαίνω (phainō, “I shine, appear”). English Epiphany (of Christ) since the 14th century, generic use since the 17th century.