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.
epiphany (plural epiphanies)
- 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).