Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A Christian feast celebrating the manifestation of the divine nature of Jesus to the Gentiles as represented by the Magi.
  • n. January 6, on which this feast is traditionally observed.
  • n. A revelatory manifestation of a divine being.
  • n. A sudden manifestation of the essence or meaning of something.
  • n. A comprehension or perception of reality by means of a sudden intuitive realization: "I experienced an epiphany, a spiritual flash that would change the way I viewed myself” ( Frank Maier).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A manifestation or appearance of a divine or superhuman being.
  • n. An illuminating realization or discovery, often resulting in a personal feeling of elation, awe, or wonder.
  • n. 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An appearance, or a becoming manifest.
  • n. A church festival celebrated on the 6th of January, the twelfth day after Christmas, in commemoration of the visit of the Magi of the East to Bethlehem, to see and worship the child Jesus; or, as others maintain, to commemorate the appearance of the star to the Magi, symbolizing the manifestation of Christ to the Gentles; Twelfthtide.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An appearance; manifestation of one's presence: used especially with reference to appearances of a deity.
  • n. Among the ancient Greeks, a festival held in commemoration of the appearance of a god in any particular place.
  • n. [capitalized] A Christian festival, closing the series of Christmas observances, celebrated on the 6th of January, the twelfth day after Christmas (hence called Twelfth-day), in commemoration of the manifestations of Christ to the world as the Son of God, in the West especially that to the Gentiles through the visit of the Magi in his infancy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a divine manifestation
  • n. twelve days after Christmas; celebrates the visit of the three wise men to the infant Jesus

Etymologies

Middle English epiphanie, from Old French, from Late Latin epiphania, from Greek epiphaneia, manifestation, from epiphainesthai, to appear : epi-, forth; + phainein, phan-, to show.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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. (Wiktionary)

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  • The Christian celebration in honor of the revelation of Jesus (God in human form) to man. Also commemorates the visit of the Magi, or Three Wise Men. The twelfth day of Christmas (Twelfth Night).

    January 9, 2007

  • the adjectival form is epiphanic.

    December 7, 2006