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1 a divine manifestation
2 twelve days after Christmas; celebrates the visit of the three wise men to the infant Jesus [syn: Epiphany of Our Lord, Twelfth day, Three Kings' Day, January 6]

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From epiphanie from epiphania from ἐπιφάνεια from ἐπιφαίνω from ἐπί + φαίνω. English Epiphany (of Christ) since the 14th century, generic use since the 17th century.


  • a RP /ɪˈpɪf.ə.ni/|/ɛˈpɪf.ə.ni/
  • a US /ɪˈpɪf.ə.ni/|/əˈpɪf.ə.ni/


  1. A manifestation or appearance of a divine or superhuman being.
  2. An illuminating realization or discovery, often resulting in a personal feeling of elation, awe, or wonder.
  3. 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).


manifestation or appearance of a divine or superhuman being
  • Czech: zjevení
  • Spanish: epifanía, manifestación
illuminating realization or discovery

Extensive Definition

Epiphany may refer to:
  • Epiphany (holiday), a Christian holiday on January 6 celebrating the visit of the Magi to the infant Jesus
  • Epiphany (feeling), the sudden realization or comprehension of the essence or meaning of something
  • Theophany, an appearance of a deity to man
  • Darśana, Hindu term commonly used for "visions of the divine"






Other uses

See also

epiphany in German: Epiphanie

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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